The preliminary results of the non-communicable disease (NCD) project that DENOSA established in the North West will be presented by two nurses at the International Council of Nurses (ICN) Congress, to be held in Melbourne in Australia, starting on the 18th of May.
DENOSA coordinates the project in Mahikeng, where members of the community take part in, led by the chief of the area. This was also part of the research project for the North West University, where a student doing Masters assesses the impact of the project in changing attitudes of the people in the community towards wellness.
The area was chosen because it is plagued by drug abuse among young people. The project will come to a close in June 2013 under the coordination of DENOSA, whereby community members will continue sustaining it.
The project has two sites with more than 40 participants taking part in each:
Community members plant vegetables in support of sustainable wellness, where members of the community have formed teams that look after the plots on a volunteer basis.
Aerobics sessions are held at the Mafikeng Hospital every Wednesdays, encouraging physical wellness among nurses and health workers at the health facility as a way to ensure health workers are at the forefront of promoting wellness as a way to fight non-communicable diseases like obesity, stroke, heart attack and others through regular training, healthy diet and healthy living. Due to enthusiasm shown by participants, the aerobic sessions have recently increased to two days per week.