On June 7, 2014 Special Olympics South Africa signed a memorandum of understanding with the South African Federation for Mental Health (SAFMH) at Thusanang School for the handicapped in Bela-Bela, Limpopo.View Story ▼On June 7, 2014 Special Olympics South Africa signed a memorandum of understanding with the South African Federation for Mental Health (SAFMH) at Thusanang School for the handicapped in Bela-Bela , Limpopo.
This signing of the memorandum by Mrs. Bhartie Patel, Director of SAFMH and Mrs. Igna Steyn, CEO, Special Olympics South Africa was witnessed by Special Olympics Limpopo Provincial Coordinator, Mr. Samuel Maduwa and a Special Olympics athlete leader from Thusanang School, Mr. Refilwe Molotsi.
Refilwe remarked,“It is awesome to sit here with you to sign this document. I know the Federation of Mental Health and now together, you will assist us even more.”
The cooperation between the two parties will strengthen existing relationships, increase the use of available resources within organizations and services to people with intellectual disabilities will be extended.
The signing took place during a Healthy Athletes clinic.
At the Healthy Hearing screening during autoscopic examination a bead was discovered stuck in the ear canal of athlete Elizabeth Phaswane. Left unattended the bead could have resulted in severe infection and even loss of hearing in her ear.
A follow-up care plan was made through the Healthy Communities project. Dr. Mashudu Tshifularo, an Ear-Nose-Throat Surgeon from the University of Pretoria, was on stand-by to address any procedures that could not be treated within the Healthy Hearing discipline.
Elizabeth’s mother was overjoyed that Dr. Tshifularo was able to help her daughter receive the care that she needed.
The Special Olympics Healthy Communities initiative takes the principles of the Healthy Athletes program and expands them from a series of single events to a steady presence in the lives of our athletes and their families.
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