SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: PHELOPHEPA HEALTH TRAIN
The Phelophepa Health Train II, stops in a Wincanton, a small town in the Eastern Cape, close to large mining communities.
The Phelophepa Health Train, meaning Train of Hope, began operating in 1994. The train travels to rural areas in South Africa for 36 weeks of the year, reaching as many as 280,000 patients. Consisting of 18 carriages, equipped with modern medical appliances, a fully stocked pharmacy, 19 full-time staff members and approximately 37 volunteer students, it provides primary healthcare services, eye and dental care, screening for diabetes and cancer, as well a psychological counselling services. Phelophepa also has a community outreach programme where it provides basic training in HIV/AIDS prevention to rural areas via local schools and communities in the surrounding areas.
The Phelophepa Health Train belongs to the Transnet Foundation. Transnet, the company, is a large South African rail, port and pipeline company. The healthcare service is a result of a partnership with Telkom, international pharmaceuticals company, Roche, Colgate-Palmolive South Africa and several universities. A second train was launched in 2012.
Over the last 20 years, the project has benefitted over 5.5* million people through its healthcare services and community outreach programmes.
-excerpts from Transnet Foundation