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The Foundation’s main objective is to undertake strategic projects that contribute to socio-economic development. The vision of the Foundation is to be a credible game-changer in eradicating poverty through education and community upliftment. The Foundation is managed by a board of trustees and the nominated representatives of the Foundation committee. This committee directs and guides the Foundation’s corporate governance and decisions about operational and strategic priorities.

The Foundation seeks and encourages innovative, differentiated approaches to creating environments that empower communities and to sustainably transforming the livelihoods of those living in poverty.

The Foundation’s education and career development projects aim to empower people to become gainfully employed, resulting in changed lives and broader socio-economic upliftment.

The social development focus of the Foundation involves identifying innovative projects that address community challenges in a sustainable manner by empowering individuals to contribute to their communities.

The participation of the Foundation in health and research ultimately aims to increase community understanding and acceptance of stigmatised illnesses, and assist individuals living with illness.

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GladAfrica foundation invests in an epilepsy research project


IN A MUTUAL PARTNERSHIP WITH THE GLADAFRICA FOUNDATION TRUST, UNIVERSITY OF VENDA HAS INITIATED AN EPILEPSY RESEARCH PROJECT WHICH AIMS TO DEVELOP AN EPILEPSY INTERVENTION PROGRAMMES FOR THE RURAL COMMUNITIES OF LIMPOPO AND MPUMALANGA PROVINCES IN ORDER TO PROMOTE QUALITY OF LIFE AMONG PEOPLE LIVING WITH EPILEPSY, THEIR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS.

Progress

On 12 February 2019, GladAfrica Epilepsy Research Project was launched to hit the ground running. At that time, we had already recruited six students, two PhDs and four Masters students. Not long after the launch, students started with their proposal work and training.

In 2019 alone, students underwent three training including practical field training, because more than achieving the main purpose of the project, it is our aim to equip and empower students in the epilepsy field of research.

The National lockdown brought about a challenge in progress, however, once allowed to travel, the project team managed to achieve the following:

  • Attainment of Clearance.
  • Promotion and development of students’ proposals.
  • Development and testing of data collection tools.
  • Facilitated rural communities’ entry and permissions to conduct the study in Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces (Limpopo communities: Bochum, Nweli, Malavuwe, Mtititi; Mpumalanga communities: Clara, Jerusalem and Acornhoek)
  • We also contracted community health workers (67 CHW) in the above-mentioned communities as data collectors.
  • Train community health care workers to collect data.
  • Collect quantitative data from these communities already and busy capturing and cleaning data for better analysis.

What’s next?

The project team will be capturing and cleaning the collected data and analyse it. We will also be striving to train community health care workers for data collection in Kwaggasfontein (Mpumalanga province) and Modjadjiskolf (Limpopo province), while in the same breath, we will continue to collect qualitative data (interviews and focus group discussions) in all rural communities.

After which, analysis will be made and programmes will be developed, validated and applied in various communities. What’s more, after the completion of the project, we are aiming to start up epilepsy centres in different communities which will serve as an educational and epilepsy assistance centres.

It is with great pleasure to also commend the selected communities for their warm welcome and cooperation in all aspects of this project.

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