CONTENTS REGULARS BENEFITS | 20 TOGETHER, WE CAN IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF EVERY CHILD Nothing is more inspiring than a group of dedicated, passionate people working to improve the health and well-being of our most vulnerable members of society – children. Paediatric Care Africa (PCA), in collaboration with the Dis-Chem Foundation, is committed to ensuring that all children have the right to live healthy lives. PCA has established several sizeable medical outreach centres in informal settlements that provide essential medical assistance to around 400 sick children annually.They also provide prescribed and over-the-counter medicines to children diagnosed with health conditions, and, in the winter, flu vaccination programmes are rolled out. Mothers are also given food for themselves and their children and essential baby care products. Underpinned by a philosophy of care and giving back to those who need it most, the Dis-Chem Foundation-PCA partnership is a powerful combination. “With so many defenceless babies and children depending on us for medical, surgical and nutritional assistance, our newly formed partnership with Dis‑Chem could not have come at a better time for us, as the post-Covid-19 demand for our services has increased by over 600%,” says Dr J Andre Hattingh, executive director and founder of PCA. “With Dis-Chem’s support, we will not only bring much-needed sustainability to our existing programmes but hopefully expand on our health and nutritional programmes to reach and assist more children,” concludes Hattingh.
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