THE GLOBAL FUND
As of November 2016, Mpilonhle is the sub recipient (SR) and implementer of the Global Fund Young Women and Girls project of which the KZN Treasury is the Primary Recipient (PR). This project focuses on the health and well being of young women and girls of the King Cetswhayo District, KwaZulu Natal and reaches them through interventions such as Soul Buddyz clubs in primary schools, Keeping Girls in School programmes in high schools, Rise clubs for out of school youth, Child Protection programmes for victims of abuse, and Parenting programmes for teenage parents and parents of vulnerable children. In addition, through its mobile unit programme, Mpilonhle provides Sexual Reproductive Health services, including HIV testing, throughout the King Cetshwayo District, primarily focusing on young women and girls and their sexual partners. For its implemenation, Mpilonhle collaborates with CBOs located in the Umhlathuzi and Umfolozi Local Municipalities in the King Cetswhayo district. Among them; Ikhayalethemba Community Project, Ilungelo Yougth Development, Philisane, Inthando Community Centre, and Impiloyesizwe. The project finishes March 2019.
HEATHER AND BLAKE MYCOSKIE TRUST
The objective of this programme is to increase environmental awareness among youth in an area that is rich in natural beauty and resources, but in which few persons, either children or adults, have an appreciation of the need for conservation or the role of nature reserves in sustaining our common heritage of ecological diversity. This project targets five schools nearby Phinda Game Reserve in the Umkhanyakude District where the learners, their teachers, and their community will be actively engaged in exploring their natural heritage through educational and awareness programmes and visits to the game and nature reserves. This project is implemented in collaboration with endBeyond, the Africa Foundation, and Blue Sky.
ApexHi has been supporting Mpilonhle since 2012 to date. ApexHi has provided support for a number of crucial activities, including our Programme for Integrated Support for HIV-infected children. There remains a large cohort of children with congenital HIV infection. Department of Health Clinics are not able to provide the comprehensive and integrated medical, social, and psychological care that these children and their care givers require. As this cohort of children grows older, their problems only become more complex. In collaboration with Hlabisa clinic, and through the support of ApexHi, Mpilonhle is able to provide this support through day camps that are held for each child on a monthly basis. Camps are held on the Mpilonhle premises where there are large meeting rooms and outdoor areas, including outdoor play areas. Services during the camps include monthly disbursement of antiretroviral medication, medical sreening for any complications of new illnesses or problems, assessment of intellectual and physical development, and identification and support of any disabilities that are common to children with HIV. Psycho social counseling is provided for the children, including academic counseling. As they grow older, conseling on issues related to sex and maturation is also provided. Mpilonhle also works with parents and guardians who attend at least two sessions annually. Sport, cultural, and arts activities are also conducted for the campers. ApexHi has also supported organizational strengthening including developing a strategic plan that address short, medium, and longer-term goals, and strengthening of the Mpilonhle Board.
The Discovery Fund has been supporting the Mobile Health Units of Mpilonhle since 2012. This support allows Mpilonhle counselors, nurses, psychologists, and social workers to provide care for a range of medical and social problems affecting local youth, including HIV and gender-based violence.
EUROPEAN UNION (EU)
The EU supports Mpilonhle’s efforts to assist the Government of South Africa to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the Integrated School Health Programme. With a 30-month grant awarded in March 2014 for €850,000, Mpilonhle will assist the government to develop an electronic medical record for use by the DOH’s mobile school health teams, to institute HIV testing in schools, and to make greater use of para-professional staff and reduce the need for nurses, who are in scarce supply in rural areas.
INDEPENDENT DEVELOPMENT TRUST
Since 2010 the Independent Development Trust has provided support to Mpilonhle with funds from the Government of South Africa’s Expanded Public Works Programme. These funds have allowed Mpilonhle to employ 120 community members that work in a variety of Mpilonhle activities. These include supporting community gardens, employing community health workers to follow up with families of learners who have health problems including tuberculosis, and engaging in income generating activities such as embroidery and beading for the fashion industry.
URC TUBERCULOSIS SOUTH AFRICA PROJECT
The URC funds Mpilonhle’s TB and HIV services to HIV infected youth and their families in the communities from Umkhanyakude district. This project is part of USAID’s 5-year Tuberculosis South AFrica Project (TBSAP) to further reduce TB infections, with the ultimate goal of ending TB once and for all in South Africa.
NATIONAL LOTTERIES COMMISSION (NLC)
Since 2008, the NLDTF has provided funding for Mpilonhle’s mobile health units that deliver services to school-going children. This is a core activity for Mpilonhle, one that it has provided since its inception in 2007, and which has served as a model for the reinvigorated Department of Health school health intervention.
SOUTH AFRICA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
The DOH has funded the Mpilonhle Mobile School Health Programme since 2013.
SOUTH AFRICAN DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (DST)
The DST, in collaboration with the Tirelo Bosha initiative of the South African Government, which fosters innovation in Government services, is supporting a substantial expansion of the computer-based maths and science education programme in 2015.
SOUTH AFRICAN SUGAR ASSOCIATION (SASA)
SASA has since 2009 supported Mpilonhle’s school-based community garden programme and food parcel distribution to families of needy school children.
TOMS ONE FOR ONE PROGRAMME
Mpilonhle has partnered with the TOMS One for One Programme to provide shoes to over 500,000 children. These include both shoes that children can go to school in (many children lack such shoes) as well as sports shoes that allow children to participate in school –based sports activities.