Social and Community Outreach
Mandela Day 2012
The HSRC staff took the opportunity provided by Mandela Day and joined national and inter-national partners to give 67 minutes of their time to ensure that we made a difference to those less fortunate in the communities in Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria and Sweetwaters.
We spent time at hospitals, schools, crèches and homes, where we gave to those who needed our time most and tangibly showed our love and care to the underprivileged people of South Africa, even though on a small scale.
World AIDS Day 2011
The HSRC commemorated World AIDS Day on the 1 December 2011 as it has done for the past years. The programme for the day included the following activities:
A seminar held jointly with the Department of Social Development to commemorate this day and to ensure that our staff participates in this very important initiative. Other key stakeholders of the HSRC who participated include members of the SADC secretariat as well as U.S. Department of Health and Human Services;
Distribution of flyers to spread the message and to ensure that we disseminate relevant information generated by the research undertaken within the HSRC;
Visits to selected institutions which benefited from the generous contributions from staff.
The seminar was chaired by the CEO, Dr Olive Shisana, who made introductory remarks on the HSRC’s commitment to supporting global efforts in ensuring that we contribute to zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths. The presentations that followed spoke more particularly to the HSRC’s focus on young women and prevention.