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Community Upliftment

Community Upliftment

One of the core objectives behind the establishment of the Institute was the enrichment of the lives of South Africans through effective, affordable healthcare and empowerment through lifestyle advice. To this end, the Institute has endeavoured to serve communities through provision of medical and educational assistance.

From its earliest days, shortly after South Africa’s democracy, self-established clinics and partnerships with local government were a priority for the Institute. Many of these initiatives are still in existence to this day.

The Establishment of healthcare facilities and the subsequent delivery of thereof in underprivileged area”

The Institute’s journey towards achieving its vision of assisting the Department of Health in accessibility to health provision began when the first two primary healthcare outreaches were opened, in Kagiso (July 1998) and Leratong (April 1999). Later, an Aids Home-based Care Centre was established in Katlehong (in July 2001), in cooperation with the Greater Germiston City Council.

Prof Rashid Bhikha & Mayor Padi of Roodepoort at the opening of the Leratong Clinic

In recent years, the Institute has set up Tibb Medical Centers in Langa (2006) as well as at the Saartjie Baartman Centre (2008) in Athlone, Cape Town. Treatment cost at the centers are subsidized to individuals unable to afford treatment. The sites are also used to support training of students and for research activities.