AfroCentric’s strategy on corporate social responsibility is to focus on socio-economic development and revitalisation of the public healthcare sector in South Africa, with special focus on improving access to healthcare services to those who historically have not had access.
Some of the more recent investments include:
Social Compact Forum and Public Health Enhancement Fund
AfroCentric is a is a proud founder member and contributor to the Public Health Enhancement Fund (PHEF) through of the Social Compact Forum (SCF), an initiative that was launched by the Minister of Health in 2012 to consolidate the provide a platform for private sector to work together with the Department of Health in successfully implementing transformative healthcare projects.
The initiative also aims to maximise the impact of various initiatives and contributions made to by different public sector companies to the beneficiaries and avoid a fragmented approach that is not has proved to be less effective.
Ukusebenza Research Facility
AfroCentric has committed funding to assist with building the operational capacity of Ukusebenza Research Facility, an SMME operating in the research sphere that works closely with reputable tertiary institutions to provide training opportunities to black students working towards achieving their Masters and PHD qualification. Our decision to invest in this initiative, which focuses on research in the HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis, was the alignment of the objectives of this project with those of the Public Health Enhancement Fund.
Medscheme Empowering Doctors (MEDs)
This initiative assists recently qualified black doctors in setting up successful private practices, by offering financial assistance, training, coaching and mentoring in business and financial management aimed at ensuring that the practices are managed as growing businesses and are able to provided required services to the community they are based in.
Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital School
The Charlotte Maxeke Hospital School caters for learners from Grades R to 12 who are admitted to or have to spend a significant part of their day in the hospital for treatment of serious illness. The school enables these learners to receive medical treatment without interrupting their education.
AfroCentric Health has a long standing relationship with the school due to its fulfilment of education and provision of healthcare which has seen AfroCentric Health funding the complete refurbishment and equipping of the school, and sponsoring the installation of a custom-designed playground, all of which provides for a positive learning environment for children with special needs due to their impaired immune systems.
Revitalisation of Public Hospitals Programme
In December 2013, AfroCentric Health donationed a new portable ultrasound unit for the maternity ward at Natalspruit Hospital. The unit was handed over at a ceremony at the hospital on 4 December 2013, which was attended by officials from the representatives of the Department of Health at District level as well as the Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa.
APPLICATION FOR FUNDING
AfroCentric Group welcomes all organisations doing work in South Africa's public healthcare sector to partner with us.