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By: Gapa  11-11-2011


International Day of Action for Women’s Health 

—  Day for Grandmother’s Health Promotion — 

Khayelitsha, May 29, 2009 – On May 29, a large number grandmothers will gather at GAPA centre, Khayelitsha to discuss and learn about various topics related to their health. They will do this to draw attention health issues such as HIV/AIDS, cervical cancer, adherence to treatment and health and well being. 

Amongst the Grandmothers at GAPA is has been established that a majority of them manage chronic diseases of lifestyle such as hypertension and arthritis while also caring for households which experience the ravaging effects of HIV/AIDS.

WHO:GAPA – Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS


WHEN:09h00- 13h00   

WHERE:J415 Qabaka Cresent

J-Section Khayelitsha

Directions to GAPA

Take the N2 out of Cape Town towards Somerset West. After Mew Rd look for the next exit. This is exit No 29 (Spine Road). Take this exit off the highway.Turn right over the highway towards Khayelitsha. Proceed round the small circle to the first intersection. This is Lansdown Rd. Turn right and then 400 m along turn left at Lawulo Rd. The back of the GAPA centre will now be visible. Turn first left and then left again into Qabaka Cres to access the main gate of the GAPA centre.

PROGRAMME :Program Director:    Ms R. Hoza 

Opening and welcome:  Mrs Dlulani

Morning Devotion:  Mrs Shishuba                     

Cervical Screening on site:  Department of Health

Education on use of medication: Department of Health

Nia Dance:   GAPA Grandmothers and Gillian Warren-Brown

Oral Hygiene:  Dr K. Nojilana (Michael Mapongwana Day hospital)

Keynote Address:  Professor Bette Dickerson (American University)

GAPA song: GAPA Grandmothers

Motivational Speaker:   Professor Jennifer Fish (Old Dominion University)





GAPA is a voluntary organization that implements programmes to support grandmothers affected by HIV/AIDS in urban and rural communities to continue with their lives and to cope better as providers of care and support for their infected children.

Programmes include:

·support groups and cooperatives

·educational workshops

·Aftercare facilties

·Pre-school bursary schemes

Note to Journalists:·The  action will begin at 09h00 a.m. sharp. Media should arrive early to set up for photos.

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The grandmothers started an after school care program for the vulnerable children in the community who have been orphaned by AIDS and have no one to look after them after school, where they have been the victims of many horrific forms of abuse.



She continued to thank the management committee and the board members, ending with a thank you to the staff and in particular Althea Barry and Yolisa Vivienne Budaza for their dedication to the project. From the early hours of the morning grandmothers had started preparing for the celebration of the 10th year that their beloved organisation has been in existence.