by Amelia Van Heerden

Facing healthcare challenges

Partnership helps communities

SABCOHA and EOH have the interest of the communities at heart.
Partnerships will benefit impoverished communities

The South African Business Coalition on Health and Aids (SABCOHA) and EOH Health, a division of the listed EOH Group, signed a collaboration agreement that will see impoverished communities in South Africa directly benefiting from collaborative and sustained wellness screening programmes through SABCOHA’s Community Fund. 

Emerging from the government-led HIV counselling and testing campaign in 2010 and 2011, SABCOHA established the community fund with the specific aim to leverage financial support from the private sector to fund wellness screening initiatives amongst the working poor and the uninsured population of South Africa.

In 2012 the community fund successfully funded over forty four thousand HIV tests alone through co-sponsorship from the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria. 

Taking direction from Operation Sukume Sakhe, an initiative spearheaded by the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government, SABCOHA and EOH Health have partnered to provide greater support to various wards in the province.

“The MOU is one of the first examples of how, through targeted corporate CSI funding, support can be directed from the private sector towards assisting government in meaningfully confronting South Africa’s health challenges,” says Brad Mears, chief executive officer of SABCOHA. 

He adds: “Through the community fund platform, SABCOHA and EOH Health plan to export this opportunity to the private sector in order to seek support for wellness screening to take place in impoverished communities”. 

“Our relationship with SABCOHA is one that goes back a number of years.

"Having successfully worked together on the HIV/Aids and a number of health assessment screening projects, we are happy to announce this next step to forging even stronger relationships and in doing so uplift communities through various initiatives in the coming years,” says Dr Adriaan Combrinck, executive for EOH Workplace Health and Wellness. 

Dr Combrinck continues: “The signing of today’s MOU signals the first step in building bridges between the private sector and government, at a time when the distance between the social partners is of great concern, especially in the healthcare sector”. 

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