THE VALLEY TRUST
The organisation holds itself accountable to the following objectives:
- To equip community members with knowledge of health.
- To act as a bridge for service delivery and access to resources for communities of the Valley.
- To build the resilience of households to sustain their own good health.
- To strengthen local economies.
The Khula Kahle Mntwana (KKM) Programme, also known as the Promotion of Child Health and Development Programme, was started in order to address findings by the University of KwaZulu-Natal that many young children in the Valley of 1,000 Hills were physically and cognitively stunted compared to other children their age. This was found to be caused by a deficiency of micronutrients in the children’s diets. The primary caregivers or guardians of the children were found to suffer high levels of mental distress including anxiety and depression.
The programme targets children and caregivers in their homes and seeks to adopt a holistic view to meeting the development needs of young children. The location of the programme is one of high HIV prevalence and so mitigating HIV and AIDS is also an area of focus. This is done through identifying children and caregivers infected with HIV, ensuring they are on treatment and supporting them to maintain a status of being virally suppressed.
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