Today, we’re excited to announce the opening of a new Roadside Wellness Centre in Upington, South Africa. Our new Upington clinic, the 32nd to join our Africa-wide network, and our 7th in South Africa, will provide a full range of primary health services, as well as key ‘tier one’ services such as HIV counselling and testing, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, tuberculosis, and malaria, and health information and outreach services for mobile workers, sex workers, and the Upington community.
Upington is the fifth clinic opened in partnership with the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI), PEPFAR and USAID. Last month, as part of the same partnership, we established a new clinic in Musina, at the busy Beitbridge border crossing, and this past year we also established new clinics in Pongola, Ngodwana, and a new flagship clinic the Johannesburg suburb of City Deep.
In addition to our new Upington location, which was to be the fifth of five new clinics to be opened as part of this partnership, we are proud to announce that North Star Alliance, Wits RHI, PEPFAR, and USAID have agreed to extend our collaboration in 2014 to include the establishment of three additional clinics in South Africa. We are excited about this new development and proud to be working with each of these organisations to extend access to healthcare along South Africa’s vital transport corridors, and into communities across the country.