CONTRIBUTING TO THE HEALTH OF THE COMMUNITY
Aspen’s roots are in a country where there is a dire lack of affordable healthcare facilities and where HIV/AIDS and TB impact a significant portion of society. This has an influence on the sustainability of health in general in South Africa and Aspen is cognisant of its ability to make a meaningful difference to the lives of underprivileged South Africans. Aspen’s CSI initiatives focus on supporting programmes which target the delivery of primary healthcare in rural areas, HIV/AIDS and TB programmes and healthcare education in South Africa. CSI contributions are largely made to provide financial assistance for the building of primary healthcare clinics and subsidising operating costs at these clinics.
The Group’s extensive CSI projects directly and indirectly supported approximately 879 000 beneficiaries in South Africa (2010: 780 000 beneficiaries) during the year through 46 South African-based CSI projects (2010: 39 projects).
Contribution towards the development of sustainable primary healthcare facilities
Two new primary healthcare clinic development projects were inaugurated during the year in the Mpumalanga province, South Africa. The Utah Clinic was opened by South Africa’s Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, in May 2011. Aspen contributed towards the construction costs of this clinic in conjunction with the Mpumalanga Department of Health and other corporate institutions. The extension to the Volksrust Clinic was completed in February 2011 to expand the facilities offered to beneficiaries. Funds have been pledged for the construction of the Thathazakhe Clinic in KwaZulu-Natal. Construction is estimated to be completed in 2012. Aspen also provided ongoing financial assistance to:
- the Daggakraal Clinic in Mpumalanga;
- the Engobo Clinic and the Wells Estate Wellness Centre in the Eastern Cape;
- the Mduku and Mnqobokazi Clinics in KwaZulu-Natal; and
- the Namahadi Clinic in the Free State.
Assisting in the combat against the HIV/AIDS pandemic
HIV/AIDS initiatives included continued financial assistance to:
- The Alexandra Health Centre;
- Community Chest: Port Elizabeth;
- Emmanuel Haven Wellness Centre;
- Grahamstown Hospice;
- Hope Cape Town Association;
- Ikhwezi Lokusa Wellness Centre;
- Khanya Family Centre;
- Khotso-Caritas Care Centre;
- Missionvale Care Centre;
- The National Department of Health;
- SA HIV Clinicians Society;
- South African Business Coalition on HIV and AIDS;
- St Lukes Combined Hospices;
- The House of Resurrection; and
- The Waterberg Welfare Society.
Supporting community upliftment projects
Aspen contributed towards community upliftment projects managed by the following organisations:
- Community Based Prevention and Empowerment Strategies SA;
- Dr George Mukhari Hospital;
- Gauteng Health and Social Development;
- MaAfrika Tikkun;
- Mercy Clinic;
- Peace of Educational Mind;
- Rekopane Inclusive Development Centre;
- Starfish Foundation;
- Tapologo Orphans and Vulnerable Children;
- The Haven Wellness Centre; and
- Ubuntu Centre.
Increasing access to healthcare services
Aspen continued to support the Soweto, St Francis and St Bernard Hospices as well as the Topsy Foundation for the provision of palliative and home-based care services.
Developing the pool of healthcare skills in South Africa
In view of the shortage of healthcare skills in South Africa, Aspen supported education training programmes to sponsor students studying towards medical qualifications such as medicine, pharmacy and nursing. Programmes aimed at the development of commercial skills were also supported. To this end, Aspen continued to support students studying through the Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education at the Nelson Mandela Metropole and Rhodes Universities, the Umthombo Youth Development Foundation in KwaZulu-Natal, the University of Venda and the Wits Initiative for Rural Health Education in Gauteng. During the year, Aspen initiated support of the Expanded Programme on Immunisation by the South African Vaccination and Immunisation Centre at the Medunsa University, for the development of medical skills to administer vaccinations. A contribution was also made to the Centre for Education in Economics and Finance – Africa. The partnership with the South African Military and Defence Services to upskill nurses continued.
CSI contributions by Aspen outside South Africa
In East Africa medicines and consumer products were donated to various charitable institutions and clinics for distribution to those in need. Charities supported include the Dream Centre, the Loco Clinic, Kongongero Children’s Home and Mama Ngina Children’s Home.
Aspen Australia made a difference to 38 West Bengalese patients through the donation of pain medication and antibiotics to the Doctors without Borders project which performed operations to correct clubfeet. Aspen Australia also participated in relief programmes in territories where natural disasters have occurred. Donations were made towards the Queensland Flood Disaster and Pakistan Flood Appeal. Product donations were made towards the Fiji Island Help project. Aspen Australia made further donations to a number of charitable organisations and community initiatives.
Aspen Global continued to support Haemophilia Week in Mauritius and the SOS Children’s Village. Employees at Aspen Mexico collected toys which were donated to needy children at two foster homes in the State of Mexico. Aspen Venezuela supported Fondo Nacional Antidrogas (FONA) – an organisation targeting drug abuse in Venezuela.
Aspen continues to support the St Stephen’s Aids Trust, based in the United Kingdom, which aims to promote clinical research into the treatment of HIV/AIDS and related malignancies. It also promotes HIV/AIDS training and awareness throughout the world.