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Providing HIV/AIDS support to the community

Providing HIV/AIDS support to the community
blood test given to patient at the UGM community clinic Sister Toekie Schoeman gives a blood test to patient Mickle Rolsen at the UGM community clinic in South Africa’s Northern Cape.

The Ulysses Gogi Modise (UGM) clinic, built in 2007 by Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen mine and operated in partnership with South Africa’s Northern Cape Department of Health and the Gamagara local municipality, now provides comprehensive HIV/AIDS support to a community that had no such services before.

Today, over 900 HIV-positive community members receive care and support from the clinic. Since June 2008, more than 600 people have been placed on anti-retroviral therapy to prevent their progression to AIDS.

The clinic also offers screening for conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, TB and cancer, and provides general health and nutritional education as part of its holistic approach to community wellness.

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