COVID-19 – WHO online course

COVID-19 – WHO online course

It’s not rocket science! Take the two hour online course and help to protect yourself, your loved ones and community. #Covid-19 Make a difference and stop the panic. #VixView #NCDs Course available in French and check other languages. Courtesy of the WHO.

Course contents

  • Module 1: Acute Respiratory Infection (ARIs) of public health concern
  • Module 2: How to protect yourself against ARIs:
  • Module 3: Basic hygiene measures to protect against ARIs.
  • Module 4: Wearing a medical mask


Yesterday I completed Module 1 and nearly changed my view on complexity. The history of viral respiratory infections went on a bit. The KISS principle must apply somewhere. I perked up when being warned off getting to close to camels!

This weekend I will have a bash at Module 2+…. it can only get better.


Call for Applications: Pre-Forum Youth Workshop at the 2nd Global NCD Alliance 2017

A Pre-Forum Youth Workshop will be organized on 7-8 December ahead of the 2nd Global NCD Alliance Forum from 9-11 December 2017, in Sharjah, the United Arab Emirates on the theme of Stepping up the pace on NCDs: making 2018 count. 

The Global NCD Alliance Forum 2017 will be held by the NCD Alliance in partnership with local host organization – Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP) and under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al-Qasimi, Wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, Founder and Royal Patron of Friends of Cancer Patients, International Ambassador of the World Cancer Declaration for Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), International Ambassador for Childhood Cancer for UICC and Patron of the First Global NCD Alliance Forum.

The youth workshop aims to support the meaningful engagement of youth advocates in the Forum proceedings and the global NCD movement in the long term. Youth delegates from across the world will work together to enrich and energise civil society advocacy activities leading up to the UN High-level Meeting on NCDs in 2018.

The Forum’s Youth Planning Committee has announced a Call for Applications inviting youth advocates passionate about NCDs from across the world. Limited travel grants are available and the last date to apply is 1 September 2017.

Please note this is for applicants 30 years and younger.

The Bakken Invitation Award – Funded by Medtronic Foundation

If you, or someone you know, have overcome a medical condition with the help of medical technology, and are now giving back to make a positive impact in the world, apply for the Medtronic Foundation’s 2017 Bakken Invitation Award and join a global philanthropic movement of patients who “Live On. Give On. Dream On.” Applications are open through July 24, 2017.


About the Award 

The Bakken Invitation Award, funded by Medtronic Foundation, promotes access to healthcare by recognizing and connecting people who, with the help of medical technology, have overcome health challenges and are now making a difference in communities around the world. The program is named after Medtronic co-founder, Earl Bakken, who openly acknowledges that medical technology has given him 10+ years of “extra life”— time he has put to good use, with heavy community involvement.

Each year, the Medtronic Foundation selects a new group of Honorees and invites them to:

  • Convene in Hawaii (USA), where Earl Bakken resides, for an all-expenses-paid experience where Honorees acquire skills to inspire and empower others to manage their own health condition; mobilize other patients to give on in service to others; and learn how to use their voices and scale up their volunteer efforts to make a broader impact.
  • Select a charity of their choice to receive a grant from the Medtronic Foundation.

Since 2013, the Medtronic Foundation has recognized 47 Bakken Invitation Award Honorees and disbursed $940,000 USD to nonprofit organizations through the program to further their work. View profiles of past honorees to see how their work impacts the lives of others.

What can you do?

  • Invite patient volunteers to apply: Forward this email to your network of people who volunteer and serve others.
  • Connect with us on Facebook and visit our website.
  • Tag us and include the hashtag in your posts #BakkenInvitation #LiveOnGiveOn.

How to Apply

All applicants 14 years of age or older with eligible medical technology are welcome to apply, regardless of device manufacturer. For a complete list of application requirements, and information on how to apply, visit to apply before July 24, 2017.


Your support helps to lift the voices and the charitable initiatives of patients around the world.

Call for Comments on Draft Policy for Children with Profound Intellectual Disability

The Government Gazette is calling for comments to the Draft Policy for the Provision of Quality Education and Support for Children with Severe to Profound Intellectual Disability as well as on the Draft Learning Programme.

The Draft Policy is the culmination of deliberations since 2011 of the Inter-Departmental Forum with representation from the Departments of Health, Social Development, Transport, Public Works, Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs and the Western Cape Provincial Government. Together with the Draft Policy, a Learning Programme has also been developed to guide caregivers and teachers on how to provide stimulation to children so as to maximise their development and learning.

Comments to both draft policy documents MUST BE submitted by 9 December 2016.

Comments must be submitted on the template that is provided and addressed to
Mrs M Schoeman at [email protected].

For any further enquiries, please contact
Dr M Simelane at 012 357 4082
Mrs Schoeman at 012 357 4084
Ms M Chaane at 012 357 4105


All documents, including the response template can be downloaded from the NCDs Knowledge Base: Click here for download

A consultation session to finalise the policy document and Learning Programme is being arranged for 12 and 13 January 2017. A formal invitation will be sent regarding this.