Our Clinic Staff

On Average, we see about 40 patients a day in our clinc at Zandspruit.

The Clinic

Patients can schedule appointments to limit their waiting time.

Educating Patients

Calsses are held daily to assist our patients in achieving healthier lifestyles.

Our Community Garden

Ladies within the community tend to our gardens. The produce is sold to local businesses.

Herbs make the community of Zandspruit grow

Ideas are constantly flowing and leading to new and exciting initiatives at the HOPE centre in Zandspruit. One of the newest blooming projects is to involve and educate local community members and patients from the HOPE Centre clinic about healthier cooking - through a wonderful smelling and lush herb garden!

The driving force behind this continuously growing project is Project HOPE program coordinator Refilwe L. Maseko who saw an unused space on the premises of The HOPE Centre’s site at Emthonjeni Community Centre and made her vision to help the community into a reality.

“I saw an interest from the community to get involved, for them to earn a bit extra money and a possibility for further ways to increase the health awareness that’s already the high focus for the HOPE centre. We started small but the interest of the garden has been high, so our garden has grown in to a fantastic lush jungle of herbs.”
Kopano Garden Herbs project reaps many benefits. The Kopano garden has had the benefit of motivating patients and local community members to use more herbs in their daily food which helps to reduce salt and spice intake. Additionally, the joy and pride garden members experience working together on the project has enabled them to maintain a well-run and profitable group. As garden members sell the produce from the garden, the proceeds are shared and the extra income each member makes from selling the organic herbs to the local community has made this project a local success!

“We also teach our patients about the healthy use of herbs in the food and it’s a possibility to learn how to use these nice smelling and tasting herbs for both cooking and healing purposes.” – says Refilwe L. Maseko
Local restaurants now have the opportunity to buy organic herbs and contribute to the Zandspruit community
The garden team has already branched out and has started to sell their organic herbs to local restaurants and organisations. Thus, opportunities for garden members are increasing and the garden team hopes that increasing interest from restaurants will contribute new resources and opportunities for income generation to the community of Zandspruit.
Today the herbs available for sales are; rosemary, thyme, basil, chives, rocket and sage and within a near future the garden will expand with; garlic, lavender, mint, lemon grass and lemon balm.

Please contact Refilwe L. Maseko for further information about Kopano Garden Herbs or for purchasing any of the organic herbs.
Email: rmaseko@projecthope.org
060 66 80 967/ 076 133 84 26

News from the HOPE Center

News, projects, improvements and thoughts - the HOPE centre is always busy and full of new ideas. Read the latest newsletter from the HOPE Center here >> 

In This Issue
  • Expansion of The HOPE Centre model: gearing up to improve care for NCDs in new communities
  • Results from Project HOPE’s 5 Steps to Self-Care pilot in South Africa
  • New data system to streamline data collection and reporting for Project HOPE’s clinics
  • Project HOPE South Africa celebrates World Diabetes Day with Zandspruit residents
Read the newsletter here >>

Patient Interview with Tshuma

The HOPE Staff had the opportunity to sit down and chat with one of our patients, Tshuma, to talk about his experience at the HOPE Centre. 

Tell us about yourself and your connection to the Hope Centre
I live with Diabetes and Hypertension. I discovered that I was unwell when I was admitted to hospital in 2013 and was informed that my diagnosis was Diabetes. My leg was amputated as a way of containing Diabetes. I spent a long time recovering there before I was discharged and referred to Zandspruit Clinic. The local clinic referred me further to Project HOPE clinic in the same year.

What has your experience at the Hope Centre been like?
After a number of consultations and treatment for almost a year at the HOPE clinic, I feel well and happy as result of Project Hope services. I recommend Project Hope clinic and its support services to people I know, to visit the HOPE clinic. I keep telling them how helpful the clinic has been to me. I am confident to tell them about my conditions and what to eat too. 

What makes the Hope Centre different?
The difference I notice between HOPE Centre and other Health facilities is that Project HOPE staff cares for people. There are no long queues that you find at other clinics. They don’t just give medication but they educate patients as well on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) through programs such as the 5 Steps to Self Care. 

What have you learnt as a result of coming to the Hope Centre?
Things that I’ve learnt about my conditions are: Diabetes kills if it is ignored and hypertension can even cause stroke. I have also learned how important it is to take care of myself while I have this NCD, to get checked-up regularly, as well as to take medication accordingly. 

Nutrition Program Update

In August 2014, Project HOPE partnered with Fodisong Community Health Centre and the Rotary Club of Sandton to bring food supplements for patients in need in both Zandspruit and Itsoseng.  Our nurses refer patients into the program, and we monitor clinical outcomes, medication adherence, and overall wellbeing (using the WHO-5 Questionnaire) for all participants. Since August, we've continued to distribute food supplements, such as e-pap, e-spread, soya mince & maize meal, to 45 patients on a bi-weekly basis.  Alongside the supplements, patients receive nutrition education.

Connecting Hearts

In October 2014, Project HOPE South Africa partnered with Eli Lilly and Company to bring a wonderful group of 10 volunteers to Zandspruit through the Connecting Hearts Abroad program. The volunteers brought both passion and expertise to projects in support of the work of the Lilly NCD partnership with Project HOPE in Zandspruit.  This was Project HOPE South Africa’s second year of involvement in the Connecting Hearts Abroad program and was the best yet!

Volunteer projects focused on nutrition and exercise for NCD patients, health promotion events in the community, training for community health workers, and initiating improvements to M&E systems for the NCD project.

Through the program this year, the Lilly volunteers successfully made a lasting impact on the NCD partnership in Zandspruit. We sincerely appreciate both the opportunity to participate as a Connecting Hearts Abroad program partner and the individual efforts of each of the outstanding volunteers.