MANDLA’S STORY

During house to house visits, a mentor mother met a little boy called Mandla*. He was 3 years old. The mentor mother noticed that Mandla was vomiting and had diarrhoea. She made him oral rehydration solution (ORS) and referred him to the clinic. After a few days, Mandla was not improving. The mentor mother arranged transport money for the mother and Mandla and sent them straight to the hospital. Tests were done in hospital and Mandla was found to be HIV positive. He was started on ARVs. The mentor mother opened a Philani folder as she knew Mandla would need to be ...

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DECEMBER 2019 NEWSLETTER

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A DESPERATE FAMILY’S STORY

“It had rained the night before and although the sun was up it was the beginning of winter and cold. We were asked by an outreach worker, to visit a desperate family with her. After knocking on the door for a while it was eventually opened and the heartbreaking cry of a hungry baby greeted us. The mother, who did not look well, was sitting on the bed trying to calm the baby with a bottle of water. A 5-year-old boy, who looked small for his age, was standing next to his mother asking for bread. We noticed that the mother had enlarged glands behind her ears and looked ...

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JULY 2019 NEWSLETTER

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A FAMILY IN NEED

Zolelwa* is a 25-year old mother of 5. She is now pregnant with her 6th child. She was admitted into the Mentor Mother Programme. The weight of her 4 children was fine and the 5th was living with her father. On our visits we discovered that none of her children were receiving Child Support Grants (CSG). This was because she herself did not have an identity (ID) book and therefore could not apply for birth certificates for them, making it impossible for them to apply for CSG. All her children were delivered at home; she did not know their birthdays. We asked the neighbours ...

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APRIL 2019 NEWSLETTER

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THE STORY OF AYANDA

Ayanda* was 2 years and five months when she was admitted on the Philani Programme. At our first visit she was severely underweight. We noticed that she was due to start ARVs the previous year. However, Ayanda’s mother passed away and never disclosed her status to the grandmother. Ayanda’s mentor mother accompanied her and her grandmother to the clinic. At the clinic a few tests were done and Ayanda was diagnosed with TB. She was immediately initiated on medication for both TB and HIV. They also entered Ayanda onto the Nutrition Therapeutic Programme (NTP) due to ...

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JANUARY 2019 NEWSLETTER

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PROVIDING SUPPORT

Thando* was admitted into Philani’s programme as he was severely underweight at 2 years. Thando and his mother are originally from the Eastern Cape but arrived in Cape Town as he was referred to Red Cross Hospital. He was diagnosed with a nephroblastoma (kidney cancer) and was referred for chemotherapy, as his cancer was advanced. On the first visit, stress was written all over the mother’s face. She was 21 years old and was struggling to cope on her own. Her mother died a long time ago and she didn’t have anyone to support her or a shoulder to cry on. We started ...

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OCTOBER 2018 NEWSLETTER

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