We have just launched our Access to Healthcare website.
Access to Healthcare is a decade-long donation programme that aims to give people in developing countries access to better intimate healthcare, helping them live life with dignity.
As well as information about the programme, the Access to Healthcare website also contains an online application process and the criteria for selection.
Access to Healthcare came to be when we set up the donation programme in connection with our 50 year jubilee.
We aim to support projects by providing monetary assistance, expertise and relevant manpower, and work with NGOs focusing on healthcare, because together we will be able to make a better impact. An independent board identifies and approves projects that help relieve, empower and engage people in the developing countries.
The first project, to raise awareness and drive progress for people living with spinal cord injuries (SCI) in Durban, South Africa has already taken place, and consisted of a three-day workshop on management of spinal cord injury
"Around 120 healthcare workers from Africa as well as other developing countries took part. The goal was to train the participants in the basic principles of SCI management," says Jytte Gliim, Senior Project Manager for the donation programme.
"A project like this helps raise awareness in developing countries and educate local authorities and healthcare professionals for the benefit of people living with SCI, so they can get access to the treatment and advice they need in their daily lives. This first project is a perfect example of what our donation programme can do. It is about accelerating access to healthcare in areas where treatment is not available. As a company, we have the opportunity to spread our knowledge and to use our resources to make a difference."
Local ownership is key
According to Dr. Robert Campbell, who was closely involved with the SCI workshop, the outcome of the Coloplast sponsorship is invaluable: "This sponsorship has made it possible to lay the foundation for a curriculum for SCI courses - not just for this workshop in Durban - but for future workshops around the world. We now have the curriculum and materials in place to train people and raise awareness."
For Dr. Nyati Mallou, who works at a government hospital in Kampala, Uganda, participating in the workshop provided valuable networking and knowledge-sharing with colleagues from other countries, as well as tools to make a difference in his local community.
"We will re-organise our team and work based on our learnings from this workshop. We now have valuable tools and training materials to educate our colleagues, and we plan to make home visits to SCI patients and their families."
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