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Tuesday, 18 February 2020

New name for HEAids project

Do you remember the familiar red T-shirt that read: First Things First? Now you will see a striking navy blue T-shirt with the following words written on it: Improving Wellbeing, Inspiring Success.

The Higher Education Aids (HEAIDS) project has been renamed Higher Education and Training Health Wellness and Development Centre (Higher Health).

Higher Health is an implementing agency of the Department of Higher Education, Science and Technology working under Universities South Africa.

Higher Health is a representative body of 26 South African universities and 50 public Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges. It is a non-profit company that supports Higher Education Institutions and TVET colleges in responding to student health, wellness and development.

“Through Higher Health, CPUT has for years been receiving support in terms of funding to strengthen our existing health screening and student development programs,” says Melanie Marais, Head of the HIV/Aids Unit. “We pride ourselves with a vibrant peer education programme where students are trained to engage their peers on topics related to HIV, STI and TB risk reduction; responses to gender-based violence; impact of substance and alcohol abuse; gender diversity; mental health awareness and promoting a safe space for all students.”

CPUT peer educators kicked off the year with Condom Awareness Week encouraging their peers to get to know their health statuses and adopt safer lifestyle practices that are less risky. On 14 February, they were visible across most campuses with some self-initiated Valentine’s Day interventions.

“Our motto in supporting One Smart CPUT is, to improve well-being and inspire success to all our students,” added Marais. “We will also be visible at the first Gender-Based Violence Student Leadership Dialogue that will be taking place on 29 February 2020 in the Bellville Campus Auditorium where students will engage on this much needed discussion.”

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.