Wind farm funds pop-up clinic to safeguard women's health
A women’s wellness day supported by one of our joint venture wind farms has brought potentially life-saving health check-ups to the door of a rural community in South Africa’s Northern Cape.
Sixty local women attended the pop-up clinic at Loeriesfontein sports hall last week and underwent a full range of screenings that would otherwise require hours of travel – along with all the associated costs – to access.
One in 28 South African women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime, and one in 42 with cervical cancer – the country’s second-most common cancer among women.
But both are survivable if treated in their early stages, and with early detection being the focus of this Women’s Month event, the provision of mammogram screenings and pap smears may well turn out to be a life-saver.
Multifunctional head and full-body examinations, as well as eye-care, HIV, diabetes and blood circulation and pressure tests were also offered to the women of all ages who attended.
And a speech therapist, physiotherapist, dietitian and occupational therapist were on hand to give assessments as part of the joint Department of Health and Revival Clinic initiative, which was funded by Khobab Wind Farm.
Vanessa Fredericks, Economic Development Manager for Loeriesfontein and Khobab wind farms, hailed the clinic as an example of how the private sector can help the public sector in delivering primary healthcare in remote areas of the country.
She said: “Unlike their urban counterparts, women in rural and peri-urban areas sometimes have to travel long distances just to reach their nearest clinic or hospital to access mammogram screenings, and whilst mammograms don’t prevent breast cancer, early detection reduces fatalities.
“Women are the backbone of the communities, so helping to take care of their health is essential and fits into our focus on the role that women hold in our society, and especially their unique wellness requirements.”
- Khobab Wind Farm and its sister project, Loeriesfontein Wind Farm, are operated by our Africa joint venture Lekala Power, and when generating at their 140MW capacities, power the equivalent of 240,000 South African households.