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
WHERE:J415 Qabaka Cresent
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.
·support groups and cooperatives
·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.