South Africa´s best-loved Breast Cancer Community Carer, PinkDrive is the indispensable, tangible breast cancer Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) powering South Africa´s first mobile PinkDrive Mammography Unit and PinkDrive Educational Unit through our country, driving home the fact that `Early Detection Saves Lives´.
PinkDrive currently runs two “Pink” mobile breast check units, as well as three educational cars. Both units travel to semi-urban and urban areas around South Africa with the aim of enabling various disadvantaged communities access to education, physical examinations and how to do breast self-examination. The mobile screening unit successfully launched in the Western Cape in 2011 and operated through local clinics, community health centres and hospitals. The unit returned to Gauteng in December 2012, and has continued working through local clinics, community health centres and hospitals in Gauteng.
In March 2014, PinkDrive unveiled South Africa´s first Mobile Women´s Health Unit in the form of a fourteen ton truck. Described as a Doctor´s Room on Wheels, the Unit boasts a state-of-the-art gynaecology area for pap smears and examinations, a reception area for administration and a radiology area. This unit will address cervical cancer, as well as offering mammograms.
The Mobile Women´s Health Unit´s qualified Mammographers and fully trained nurses will soon be joined by cervical cancer specialists, with its current service offering expanding to include various screening tests for the disease to facilitate and promote early detection. The combination ultimately transforms the Unit into a Cancer Powerhouse that enables the PinkDrive to simultaneously tackle the two most prevalent female cancers – breast and cervical cancer. The additional services will remain free to all uninsured women at community health centres and secondary hospitals associated with local academic hospitals.
To date we have provided over 5000 free mammograms, done over 60 000 clinical breast examinations in community areas, educated over 90 000, and distributed over 100 000 educational materials. We have a targeted approach when addressing social needs. The projects we are involved in are participatory, have building capacity, are sustainable and have measurable impact. Through the goodwill of many fortunate citizens and willing corporate businesses helping us , we in turn are helping government to touch as many citizens as we can.
As part of their community outreach, in the Western Cape the 2 Military Hospital has made their mammography unit available to PinkDrive for one day per week.
Under the guidance of the Chief Radiologist at 2 Military Hospital, PinkDrive screens uninsured patients over the age of 40 on Thursdays between 08h00 and 16h00 at the hospital. Imaging will be provided on CD, followed by a report, at a cost of R500.00. Women under the age of 40 will need a letter from their doctor.
As a non-profit organisation, it is important to note that the income received from these mammograms will enable us to offer free education and clinical breast examinations to indigent women in our province.
Interested ladies should apply to mammoWP@pinkdrive.co.za using the words: Mammogram at 2 Military Hospital in the subject line. Where no email is available, please call 021 697 5650 or 060 893 4819.
The Hello Clinic at Pretoria Station was officially opened on 7 August by Deputy Minister of Social Development, Hon. Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu. This initiative, a partnership between the Ministry of Social Development, Metropolitan Health, PinkDrive, Bidvest and Motion Pathology, will offer the people of Tshwane convenient and free access to breast cancer screening. Although early detection of breast cancer significantly bolsters chances of recovery, many South Africans do not have convenient or affordable access to screening services. This innovative partnership overcomes these obstacles by taking healthcare to the people.