DEVELOPMENT

The second phase started in April 2008 and ended in March 2010, with additional support provided through a United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) sub grant administered through BroadReach Healthcare (BRHC). Phase 2 saw an expansion of activities to include 7,655 employees in 37 additional SMEs. By this time there were signs that the Government’s approach to HIV/AIDS was changing. This phase thus importantly saw the strengthening of ongoing partnership with the Provincial and Municipal Departments of Health. Phase 2 thus included the building of capacity in 7 municipal clinics in order to ensure access to treatment, care and support for employees and dependents identified through the SME-based activities.

In 2010-11 (third phase), the Siyakhana SME Project expanded its wellness programme at no additional cost to members. The enhanced wellness programme included Screening for Common 7 Health Conditions (Anaemia, Diabetes, Hypertension, Tuberculosis, HIV, Visual Acuity, Cholesterol), Health Education on a variety of health issues (Anaemia, Diabetes, Hypertension, Tuberculosis, HIV & STIs, Obesity, Smoking, Alcohol/substance abuse), and referral to care-givers.

To date Siyakhana has serviced 60 SMEs, and, in the process, become an internationally recognised benchmark project. In 2010 Mercedes-Benz South Africa received the coveted Stevie International Business Award for the Best Corporate Social Responsibility Programme of the Year in Africa and Middle East on account of the Siyakhana SME Project.