Johannesburg, Monday 19 October 2015 – Brand South Africa, as part of its mandate to build pride, patriotism and a spirit of active citizenship, has partnered with the GEM Project and Miss Earth South Africa. The three organisations will collaborate and play their part to clean up schools in the Diepsloot community on Saturday 24 October. The aim of the collaboration is to encourage citizens to play their part by cleaning up and recycling in their communities.Brand South Africa has collaborated with Miss Earth South Africa and the GEM Project through its Play Your Part programme. The Play Your Part programme is aimed at all South Africans and it aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.The clean-up will take place at the Leap Science and Math’s School as well as Akani Primary School in Diepsloot. Community members as well as pupils from the schools will be actively involved in cleaning around their neighborhood and their schools.Like Brand South Africa, Miss Earth aims to ensure that they encourage and uplift the communities within which we work. Brand South Africa urges South Africans to become active citizens and play their part in addressing environmental issues in their communities.The newly-crowned Miss Earth South Africa Carla Viktor along with the runner up Jade Axon will be taking part in the clean-up project and will encourage the learners to play their part in taking care of their environment.GEM is a mobile rewards platform aimed at South Africans who want to play their part in society and it is for this reason that Brand South Africa has partnered with the organisation. The GEM Project brings together volunteers from around the country and invites them to volunteer in community projects such as these.Download the GEM app and sign up to volunteer at the Diepsloot clean-up. App users who volunteer at the Diepsloot clean-up are immediately eligible to win virtual rewards known as ‘Gems’. The Gems can be used to buy airtime or data, prepaid electricity, or even movie tickets.Opening a GEM account is quick, easy and free, and can be done on both smart and feature phone:Download Gem via USSD by dialling *120*GEM1# or as an app. The ‘Gem Project’ app is available for download on App Store and Google PlaySign in to see volunteering opportunities in your area. When they’ve decided on a day and a place, the app tells them how many GEMS you’ll earn as a token of appreciationSelect the Diepsloot clean-up taking place on Saturday 24 OctoberMedia is invited to attend as follows:Date: Saturday 24 September 2015Time: 09h00 – 12h00Venue: Akani Primary School, The Akani Centre, Bophelang, Diepsloot West, Extension 4 (both on the same street)RSVP: Please confirm you attendance with Boitumelo Mpete on [email protected] more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Boitumelo MpeteTel:+27 11 712 5007Mobile: +27 (0) 82 358 9047Email: [email protected] www.brandsouthafrica.com
March is Tuberculosis Awareness Month. A trial in South Africa to treat extensive drug-resistant tuberculosis has proven to be successful.Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by the bacterium, mycobacterium tuberculosis, and most often affects the lungs. It is curable and preventable. (Image: Pixabay)Brand South Africa reporterA trial treatment in Johannesburg and Cape Town for those who have become resistant to tuberculosis (TB) drugs has been successful, astonishingly so. This is according to Francesca Conradie of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, an investigator on the programme.The trial, called Nix TB included patients in South Africa who have extensive drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB), noted the journal, Science. A combination of three relatively new drugs was administered to the patients: bedaquiline, pretomanid and linezolid (BpaL). The majority of the patients recovered.Conradie reported on the findings at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle, Washington on 15 February 2017.“I didn’t in my wildest dreams expect the results to be this successful,” she said.Conradie told Huffington Post South Africa the results were a game changer.“I thought, if we save 30% of the patients, we’d have done well. I have been completely flabbergasted.“We had a young man who had had XDR TB for six or seven years and he came out of our site in tears.“He got XDR TB when he was 17, and he was cured on the Nix regiment. Every patient of ours has a story like that.”Stats and resultsSince April 2015, 61 patients have been enrolled in the trial:49% of participants are HIV positive,79% have XDR TB and 21% have multi-drug resistant TB (MDR TB)34 have successfully completed six months of therapyAccording to the World Health Organization, TB is one of the top 10 causes of death in the world. “In 2015, 10.4-million people fell ill with TB and 1.8-million died from the disease (including 0.4 million among people with HIV),” the WHO website reads. “Over 95% of TB deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.”Six countries – India, Indonesia, China, Nigeria, Pakistan and South Africa – account for 60% of the total global TB population.The organisation said 294 603 cases were notified in South Africa in 2015.World TB Day falls later this month on 24 March.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
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