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The Kgalagadi Relief Trust launched an extensive claimant outreach programme in neighbouring states to enable miners who were recruited to work on the asbestos mines from these labour-sending countries to lodge claims with the Trust. In Lesotho the Trust introduced a mobile medical screening facility that enabled persons in very rural areas to undergo the necessary medical examinations for the claims process.
The Lungenliga Zurich donated several oxygen concentrators to the Kgalagadi Relief Trust. These machines are used in oxygen therapy for cancer sufferers who experience severe breathlessness. Use of the machines relieves patients’ shortness of breath and improves their quality of life. The oxygen concentrators are used for home-based care and form part of the support provided by the Trust-funded palliative care programme in Kuruman, Northern Cape.
Supedi Maths Programme
The Kgalagadi Relief Trust sponsored the Supedi Maths Programme in several former disadvantaged schools within former asbestos mining communities in the Northern Cape. The Supedi programme aims to up-skill educators in teaching maths to learners through the use of manipulatives, which are especially designed tools/materials used by learners that aid the learning process. This was a social responsibility initiative aimed at improving the lives of people from former asbestos mining communities.
International Mesothelioma Interest Group Conference 2014
The Kgalagadi Relief Trust sponsored the 12th biennial Conference of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group which took place between 21 and 24 October 2014 in Cape Town. The conference brought together medical professionals, scientists, researchers and activists involved in the prevention and cure of asbestos related diseases.
Youth Day Workshop 2014
The Kgalagadi Relief Trust Commemorated Youth Day on 16 June 2014 by hosting an Asbestos Awareness workshop in conjunction with the Asbestos Interest Group and the Cancer Charity Workers in Kuruman. Several schools were invited to participate. The theme of the workshop was “ Youth Beware of Asbestos The Silent Killer”.