Monday, December 6, 2010

Suncoast Hospice sends new team to South Africa

February 5, 2011 four staff from Suncoast Hospice will travel to Johannesburg and Soweto, South Africa to spend 2 weeks with the Hospice Association of the Witwatersrand. The team will share resources, provide professional training, and learn about providing excellent hospice care from Hospice Wits. As one team member said, echoing what the remaining three also feel, "It will be an opportunity to learn, to inspire,and to be inspired."
Team members include from left to right: Stacy Orloff, vice president of palliative care and community programs; Gayle Stokes, clinical coordinator, information and referral department; David Groeller, director of the center for learning; and Deb Hagopian , regional program director, Roosevelt community service center. Be sure to follow their trip on this blog during the month of February.

Every dollar makes a difference

Almost 6 million people are living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa. This staggering number represents the world's largest population of people living with this disease. Over 300,000 are children. South Africa has over 1.9 million AIDS orphans. It's really mind boogling and hard to conceptualize how many people are impacted by this disease. I've visited our sister hospice twice and it's still hard for me to articulate the enormity of this.
In order to meet this need, our sister hospice needs your help. Every dollar you contribute to the Hospice Association of the Witwatersrand makes a difference. Consider what $52 dollars a year (a dollar a week) provides:
  • almost a month of medication for a patient, or
  • food parcels for a month, or
  • one and a half nursing visits a month

If you save two dollars a week, your $104 donation pays for:

  • almost one day of in-patient care or

  • 15 days of care at Mapetla per child

$2.00 a day pays for:

  • one month usage of a hospice owned vehicle shared with a nursing sister to make home visits, or

  • slightly more than one month's cost of a cook at the Soweto office. The cooks prepare hot food for the adults and children in the in-patient units as well as the lunch for the HIV/AIDS adult Daycare patients, or

  • A month salary for two community care workers (home health aides)

During this season of giving, I ask you to reflect upon the many gifts in your life and what you can do to make a difference in the lives of those our sister hospice cares for.

Dr. Jill Biden visits Mapatla

Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of the Vice President of the United States, visited Mapetla Day Care during the world cup. Her visit provided a welcome opportunity to highlight the excellent care provided to over 100 children on a daily basis. All children at Mapetla are personally connected to the HIV/AIDS pandemic- as they may have HIV/AIDS and/or a family member. In addition to the academic support given by loving teachers, each child receives daily hot meals. The children learn English and greet American visitors by singing songs.
Hospice Wits has expanded Mapetla's services to include after school care for children elementary school age. Mapetla is an example of the many extraordinary services our sister hospice provides. Hospice Wits relies on donations and grant support to keep Mapetla operational. Won't you consider donating funds to help them keep this important program.