Stellenbosch, South Africa, February, 2018
International Papillomavirus Society announced the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Awareness Day
Health Promotion South Africa Trust (HPSA) is honored to work with the International Papillomavirus Society, the National Institute for Communicable diseases, the institute of Infection diseases and molecular medicine, the University of Cape Town and the SAMRC Gynecological Cancer Research Center, in promoting the importance for a HPV Awareness day.
The first edition of the HPV Awareness day will take place on 4th of March 2018 and annually thereafter.
The HPV Awareness Day aims to raise awareness about the availability of prevention tools, to promote education about HPV, and encourage governments and individuals across the world to take action against HPV to save hundreds of thousands of women and men that can benefit from the HPV vaccine and/or screening for an early detection of cancer.
The HPV Awareness Day will establish a basis for communities, schools, clinics, universities and political and patient groups to think about what can be done to improve spreading the news and to take action.
HPV related cancers can be prevented and this knowledge needs to be spread to all. Everybody needs to be informed and, if adequate, to enrol in a preventive activity that will reduce the risk to develop a cancer associated to HPV.
The Health Promoters have been asked to join this team, as they are every day involved with Basic Health Education at one of their Health Information Centres.
The management of HPSA has agreed to host the first awareness day on the 2nd of March in their Health Information Centre in Khayelitsha at 10am.
Mr. George Arrey, CEO of HPSA remarked: “It is a great honour for us as an organisation to play a major role in this event. Our work is invaluable to bridge the gap between curative and rehabilitative care, and we look forward to many more of such initiatives and collaborations in 2018, that centre around upstream prevention, to save lives in the townships.”
He and Dr. Harold Robles, co-founder of HPSA will be present at this first event on the 2nd of March in Khayelitsha.
About Health Promotion South Africa Trust (HPSA)
The mission of Health Promotion South Africa Trust (HPSA), a registered non-profit organization, is to educate and promote health and well-being at the individual and community level in South Africa. HPSA operates in vulnerable communities, where adults, adolescents and children are taught essential information and practical skills on how to prevent disease and live a healthy lifestyle. We teach in community centres, in schools, in crèches, in churches and in commercial centres. Since the majority of our target population is women and girls, we also offer other workshops, when requested, such as dealing with violence and rape, parenting skills, and teenage pregnancy.
We call our teachers Senior Health Promoters, and we only train teachers who live in our targeted communities. Being taught by someone who speaks their language and lives in their community helps our clients to learn better. We also partner with other agencies in the communities we serve.
The impact of our work is considerable. We reach between 15, 000 and 20,000 people every year. Our attendees enjoy their learning and are very appreciative of the chance to learn knowledge that can improve the health and outlook of their families, friends and themselves. It is also often reported to us that many of our graduates find work in orphanages, crèches, elder care etc.
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