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Promote health by reporting human trafficking, says Salvation Army

Thursday, 4 April 2013  I  For immediate release

To mark World Health Day on 7 April, The Salvation Army is calling on members of the public to promote the health of women and children by reporting suspected human trafficking through its toll-free hotline, 08000 RESCU (08000 73728).

The hotline provides a safe and confidential platform for anyone with tip-offs on human trafficking to report them to The Salvation Army, which in turn refers them to the South African Police Service (SAPS) for investigation.

World Health Day, which marks the anniversary of the World Health Organisation, also highlights the many health interventions in which The Salvation Army is engaged through its social and community outreach, including several clinics, two hospitals, and rehabilitation and psychiatric centres.

It operates two hospitals – the Booth Hospital in Cape Town and the Mountain View Hospital in northern KwaZulu-Natal (including a mobile clinic). In addition, the Msunduze Community and Primary Health Care Centre and Mbuluzi Clinic in Mbabane, Swaziland offer primary health care services.

Major Carin Holmes, Territorial PR Secretary for the Southern African Region of The Salvation Army, says: “The Salvation Army seeks to be a significant participant in the delivery of faith-based, integrated, high quality primary health care as close to the family as possible, giving priority to poor and marginalised members of society.

“We offer education programmes that equip health workers with appropriate skills and experience as well as developing commitment to holistic Christian health ministry,” she says.

“As part of our mission to bring healing and wholeness to people in need, The Salvation Army provides a service to those struggling with dependence in various forms. Such dependence can take many forms, including alcoholic and drug dependence, and the services of The Salvation Army are focused on restoring to wholeness the lives of the people who turn to it for help,” Major Holmes added.

The Hesketh King Treatment Centre, for example, provides a Christian-based holistic inpatient treatment programme for alcohol and drug addiction. Situated in the Boland, Western Cape, the Centre offers two programmes: a 12-week programme for adult men aged 21 to 75 years; and an 8-week programme for young men aged 16 to 20 years. The latter was established in response to the huge escalation of drug abuse, and particularly the use of Tik or Methamphetamine, among young people in the Western Cape.

The 12-step treatment programme adopts an holistic approach with a focus on outcomes-based therapy together with life-skills education. Recovery on the spiritual, emotional and physical levels is addressed. Referrals are made by medical and other helping professionals, family members or by self-referral.

The Salvation Army’s Mountain Lodge Psychiatric Centre, situated in the tranquil Magaliesburg, provides psychiatric residential care for 60 men and women. Most residents live at Mountain Lodge on a long-term basis, with few able to adjust back to a “normal” environment.

The Lodge provides a stable and safe environment, in which medication is carefully controlled. Counselling is provided for spiritual and other problems, while a programme of participation in various activities is encouraged. The idea is to create a “home away from home” environment in which residents can reach their full potential.

The Southern Africa Territory of The Salvation Army encompasses four countries – South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland – and the island of St Helena. Its officers, soldiers and full-time employees provide their spiritual and community services through approximately 230 corps (churches), societies and outposts, as well as through schools, hospitals, institutions for children, street children, the elderly, men and abused women, and daycare, goodwill, rehabilitation and social centres.


Media Contact: Ruth Coggin
Tel: 011-487-0026
Cell: 082-903-5819
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Client Contact: Major Carin Holmes
Public Relations Secretary
Tel: 011-718-6745
Cell: 082-994-4351
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