Ubuntu Through Health was established in 2010 by a group of Griffith University medical students. It is a non-profit initiative of H4H and endeavours to promote positive health outcomes in developing regions and assist in the realisation of health equality at home and abroad. The organisation is currently providing tangible support to the people of Khayelitsha, an underprivileged community located just outside of Cape Town, South Africa. This is mainly in the form of a Nutritional Support Initiative (NSI) based out of the Zakhele Clinic. The NSI aims to provide a high-energy vitamin and mineral enriched meal, in association with the current WHO approved Direct Observational Therapy Short-Course (DOTS) medication administration program for patients with tuberculosis (TB).
Ubuntu Through Health aims to achieve the following outcomes from the NSI:
1. Increase nutritional status of the TB patients undergoing DOTS therapy
2. Resolve some of the commonly reported side effects of the DOTS treatment regime, particularly nausea and vomiting.
3. Increase compliance of DOTS patients, which will result in an increased TB cure rate among DOTS TB patients
4. Decrease Multi-Drug Resistant TB through the effective initial treatment of TB via DOTS
5. Increase health education of TB patients, focusing on simple, effective strategies on how to improve their health and decrease infection rates.
For more information please see: http://ubuntuthroughhealth.org/