Founded in 2019 by Sibongile Ramotshela, AFIA TAI seeks to strengthen delivery of comprehensive integrated public healthcare services to under-resourced communities in a quest to expand community awareness, education, screening and prevention services for cancer and non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
The organisation aims to decrease mortality and mobility due to non-communicable diseases in communities and provide strength and hope through training and education.
AFIA TAI in partnership with the Department of Health and funding from the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation, the organisation is implementing a c-CARE Project for cancer community awareness, access, research and education. The project offers 5-Day trainings focused mainly on common cancers – Cervical, Lung, Breast and Prostate Cancer; Multiple Myeloma; mental health, spirituality and basic palliative care – to Faith Based Organisations, Non Profit Organisations, Traditional Health Practitioners and Non Governmental Organisations’ leaders.
“The trainings are meant to empower the leaders to support communities, give education, awareness and encourage them to screen early for all cancer in order to promote prevention, early diagnosis and treatment in order to reduce the mortality rate and increase the survival rate,” said Ramotshela.
In March, the c-CARE training was held at Stretford Community Health Centre in Orange Farm where Traditional Health Practitioners and Faith Based Organisations were trained. It aims to train 200 leaders in Gauteng and Kwa Zulu-Natal.
AFIA TAI is a nonprofit company based in Johannesburg, it has a Swahili name meaning a healthy eagle.