Mental Health Awareness 2019


The department also participated in Mental Health Awareness, in cooperation with the MBChB Programme Director’s office, and inspirational and mental health educational quotes were posted on boards in the faculty foyer, lecture venues and in the administrative building.

Dr Arnelle Mostert is the representative  of the SoBMS on the Community Engagement and Service Learning Committee of the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Community Engagement Management Committee (CEMC) of the University of the Free State. The department of Basic Medical Sciences was involved in engaged citizenship through community service projects in 2019. The main aim of the committee was to support the CF Visser School and old age homes by providing food and basic products and health information.  Initiatives launched in the department served as fundraising activities for various projects throughout the year.

Donations from members of the department enabled the department to deliver freshly-baked bread loaves every second week throughout the year to the CF Visser School. Cupcakes and sweet treats were sold on Valentine’s Day to raise funds for the winter warmer project in June 2019. Easter eggs, accompanied by an Easter message, were distributed to learners at the CF Visser School. An easter hunt at the pre-primary school formed part of this activity. Soup was sold on three ocasions during May and June to supplement funds for the Christmas project in November 2019. 

The department of Basic Medical Sciences (Dr S van Zyl, A Mostert, M Ferreira, Carol-Lynn van der Merwe, Y Govender and Miss T Ramphaleng) and staff from the skills unit visited “Ons Tuiste” nursing home accompanied by third-year medical students of the MCLI2720 Clinical Skills module from 8 to 16 August 2019 as part of a community engagement project. Students visited patients in the old age home, took a history and recorded vital signs. They also provided information on practical information on sleep hygiene and distributed bars of soaps and face cloths to the elderly during the visit

Visit to “Ons Tuiste” nursing home

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Crazy Socks for Docs Day


Members of the department participated in the Crazy Socks for Docs Day on 7 June by wearing some silly and playful socks to work. The initiative aims at raising awareness and support for health professionals dealing with mental health issues.

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Staff members Jenelle Govender, Simone Gordon, Arnelle Mostert, Annelize Vorster, Petra Maass and Yolani Benadé wearing their colourful and silly socks for mental health awareness

Christmas project at Dr CF Visser school 2018


Dr Arnelle Mostert was nominated to represent the SoBMS as a representative on the Community Engagement and Service Learning Committee of the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Community Engagement Management Committee (CEMC) of the University of the Free State from 2018.

The department of Basic Medical Sciences was involved in engaged citizenship through community service projects in 2018.  The following staff members serve on the department Basic Medical Sciences Community Service committee in 2019: Dr A Mostert (Chair), Ms G Niemandt (Vice chair), Members:  Drs AM Gerber, S Gordon, CO Larson, A Vorster, Ms SM Roux, PC Vorster - De Wet and Mr M Muller.

The main aim of the committee was to support the CF Visser School and old age homes by providing food and basic products.  Initiatives launched in the department served as fundraising activities for various projects throughout the year.

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Community service fundraising events and projects 2017

 
Various projects were launched this year to raise funds for community service projects e.g. clothes, food parcels, magazines, books and Sesotho bibles were delivered at a local school and distributed amongst less fortunate families.  Students of the Radiography Department, CUT, visited the museum from 07-08 June 2017 and from 26-27 June 2017 for training purposes, local attorneys groups made use of specimens for a consultation session with a forensic pathologist on 24 March 2017, Camelot International made use of the museum facility on 27 September 2017 for the training of their students and a team from AVBOB, interested in embalming procedures, visited our mortuary and museum on 10 July 2017 and 07 November 2017.
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Community service fund raising projectsa

Community Service Projects 2016

Various community service projects were launched this year (soup, cupcakes, sweets and raffle ticket sales). Clothes and kitchenware were donated to shelters. Clothes and food parcels for less fortunate families were delivered twice (at midyear and yearend) at a local school.

Community Service Projects 2015

 First-generation Student Programme (1G)

Learners of the First-Generation Student Programme (1G) visited the Faculty of Health Sciences, Department Basic Medical Sciences during 2-4 July 2015 as part of the Biology programme. The programme offered in the department to the learners was built around health education and its clinical application was discussed.

Community Service Projects 2014

Various continuous community service projects were launched this year.

  • Soup and bread sales, as well as a Valentine’s project, was launched by personnel to raise funds.
  • Donations of groceries and books were collected throughout the year and distributed to various Yade houses in the city.
  • The bi-weekly bread project in aid of the Dr Visser school continued again this year. The project concluded with a donation of knitted hats to the Neonatal Unit (Universitas hospital).
  • A Christmas project entailing the supplying of food parcels for less fortunate families for the Christmas season.
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Visit to Dr Visser School projects

Community Service Projects 2013

Soup and bread sales, as well as a Valentine’s project, were launched by personnel to raise funds.

Donations of groceries and books were collected throughout the year for Yade houses in the city. The two-weekly bread project in aid of the Dr Visser School continued this year, thus delivering 30 to 50 loaves every two weeks to the school, which was distributed to less fortunate families.

School jerseys were also donated to less fortunate learners during the winter months, and the project concluded with a candle project, encompassing the donation of food parcels for less fortunate families over the Christmas period.

Our sincerest thanks to various departments in the faculty who supported our projects.

 Retirement and Children Homes

Various projects were undertaken over the last few years by the Department of Basic Medical Sciences' community service. Among others, personnel spent some wonderful time with the elderly at Siesta Retirement Home as part of an annual Christmas project; blankets and food parcels were delivered to schools; and Christmas gift parcels were distributed at children's homes.

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 Description: Basic Medical Sciences Keywords: Community Service

 Description: Basic Medical Sciences Keywords: Community Service

 


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