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Pictures: Visit of Elke Ferner (MP German Bundestag) and other guests @ HOPE Cape Town

In BlikkisdorpA walk to Blikkisdorp with MP Ferner (German Parliament) , MP Evelyne Gebhardt (European Parliament), Consul Klaus Stross (CPT), Consul Isa Anderson and Counselor Hubert J Jaeger (German Embassy SA)

Elke Ferner MdB meets a new friend

We don’t say which political party she belongs to…. MP Elke Ferner with Rev Fr Stefan Hippler, the chair of the HOPE Cape Town Trust

Consul Stross @ the Ithemba Ward playroom

@ Delft Primary Health Care Facility: Mr Jaeger from the German Embassy in Pretoria, Acting Director HOPE Cape Town Prof Detlev Geiss and Rev Fr Stefan Hippler, chair of the HOPE Cape Town Trust listening to the sister in charge.

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Visitors to HOPE Cape Town Association & Trust

 

Today,  Mrs. Elke Ferner, Deputy Chair of the SPD party in the German parliament and Mrs. Evelyne Gebhard, member of the European Parliament will visit our project. Together with members of the diplomatic staff of the German Embassy and the German Consulate General we will visit a township clinic and observe one of our HOPE community health worker before heading to have a look at the community of Blikkiesdorp and our involvement there. Before going to lunch and answering all open question a visit to the Ithemba ward will round-up the visit.
For HOPE Cape Town Association and Trust it is always a pleasure to have members of various parliaments and to give insight for those in the political arena. It is important that decision maker are informed about what is going on on grass root level. European visitors learn about the health system of South Africa first hand and experience the achievements as well as the shortcomings of our local system. That helps to assist in the bilateral talks between in this case Germany and South Africa and shapes the decision-making process how best to assist this country.
Also in this sense HOPE Cape Town Association and Trust is like a bridge bringing together and in touch two worlds which are quite apart from each other looking at the health system. Germans living here in South Africa know how to appreciate the health insurance Germany is offering to them and not surprisingly a lot of people making their living now in South Africa remain members of their respective health insurance company based in Germany. It is to hope that South Africa one day is ready to install a similar system. According to government sources such a system is considered and somehow in the pipeline, even nobody knows what it will cost to implement it.

Besides that the visitors will learn to know the variety of portfolios HOPE Cape Town Association and Trust is involved in: from grass root level to academic research.

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