SOUTH AFRICAN NGO RECEIVES 630 MLN RAND BOOST TO ADDRESS HEALTH GAP

A new South African non-profit organization (NGO), Tekano, has received a cash boost of about 630 million Rand (about 45.5 million US dollars) to it bridge the health gap in the country.

United States-based funding group Atlantic Philanthropies has made the financial injection which resulted in the establishment of ekano, a Sesotho word meaning equality, which aims to address health challenges by addressing underlying inequalities.

The organization will recruit 30 young South Africans in their mid-level careers to be part of their health and leadership programmes, says the Chairperson of the Tekano Atlantic Fellows in South Africa, Dr Tracey Naledi.

Saying that the programme will help address inequalities, she added: "More than two decades after the end of apartheid in South Africa, we are one of the most unequal countries in the world in terms of wealth, income and living conditions.

"These inequities are mirrored in the unequal opportunities that individuals from different classes and social groups have for living longer and having healthier lives. This programme hopes to inspire and nurture emerging leaders in diverse fields."

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.

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