JOHANNESBURG, 07 July 2017 – The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency in collaboration with Departments of Health, Mineral Resources and Labour of South Africa will host a five-day regional Knowledge Exchange visit aimed at strengthening regional capacity to manage the burden of TB and occupational diseases in the mining sector from Monday next week.
The NEPAD Agency has identified South Africa as one of the countries that will share knowledge, information and lessons with other Southern African Development Community (SADC) Member States on setting up effective and efficient Occupational Health and Safety, and Mine Health Regulation System.
The regional Knowledge Exchange will be attended by countries implementing the Southern Africa Tuberculosis and Health System Support (SATBHSS) Project namely; Malawi, Lesotho, Mozambique and Zambia. The SATBHH is regionally coordinated by NEPAD Agency, East Central and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC) and SADC with financial support from the World Bank. The kick-off ceremony will be held at the NEPAD Agency Head Office and will be officially opened by the Director-General of Health, Ms MP Matsoso at 9:00am on Monday, 10 July 2017.
Deliberations will include inputs by the NEPAD Agency, World Bank (WB), Departments of Health, Mineral Resources and Labour of all the participating countries on the three main components of the regional project targeting underserved populations with a high TB and/or TB/HIV burden including mining communities, transport corridors and cross border areas as follows:
- innovative prevention, detection and treatment of TB,
- regional capacity for disease surveillance, diagnostics and management of TB and occupational lung diseases
- regional learning, innovation and project management
The programme of the regional meeting will run as follows
Day 1 – Monday, 10 July:
Opening address at 9:00 and media briefing 10:00
Day 2 – Tuesday, 11 July:
Morning visit to one-stop service centre for mine health services in Carletonville
Afternoon visit to Medical Bureau of Diseases (MBOD) and Commissioner for Compensation for Occupational Health (CCOD)
Day 3 – Role of regulator in occupational health and safety in the mines, and inputs from the Global Fund TB in Mining Sector and a tour to National Institute for Occupational Health
Day 4 – Human Resources, Capacity Building and Infrastructure
Day 5 – Social Protection and Compensation, Financing of Occupation Health
Journalists are invited to attend the Opening Address as follows:
Day: Monday, 10 July 2017
Venue: NEPAD Agency Offices, 230, 15th Road, Randjespark, Midrand
Journalists interested in attending the Carletonville mining visit must arrive at the NEPAD Agency offices on Tuesday 11 July at 07:00am