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We welcome new Rocketeers

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  • Chaldene Johannes
    Laboratory Technologist
    TASK HQ
    1 August 2018
  • Chantal  Botha
    Laboratory Technologist
    TASK HQ
    1 August 2018

  • Melissa Blomeyer
    Medical Doctor / Sub Investigator

    TC
    1 August 2018                                                  
  • Sugandran Thambiran
    Laboratory Technologist / Junior Scientist
    TASK HQ
    20 August 2018

  • Cornelius Lombard
    Clinical Database Programmer
    TASK HQ / Home Based
    1 August 2018

Community News

Career Expo at Eben Donges High School

Recently a TASK staff team visited Eben Donges High School for a TB and career presentation. The school invited the team to teach the learners more about careers in clinical research, Tuberculosis, and what one does to support those who are either infected or affected by TB.

TASK Team gives their #67Minutes

The TASK Laboratory team took time off work to spend their #67minutesforMadiba at Parow Community Clinic . The team prepared sandwiches and gave them to patients at the Clinic. “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine…

Getting to know the community

Earlier today our international exchange students, accompanied by TASK’s community engagement officer and CAB members, took to the streets of Mfuleni to gauge the communities understanding of clinical trials. A simple completed questionnaire offers valuable insight to further understand information gaps, if any, and help TASK as a social enterprise, address these in a meaningful…

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Eugenie's Farewell at BCH

I joined TASK in 2012, when I didn’t know much about research, but was eager to learn, and happy to be employed at my advanced years!!

I was presented with an empty room and asked to establish a pharmacy, learn my way around the computer, do a G.C.P. course etc. etc. All very interesting and fun.

My first trial at TASK Brooklyn was the Otsuka trial. My pharmacy was a cupboard and I dispensed on a large table in what is now the nurses office. It was quite challenging and my thoughts turned to an actual room in which I could work.

I requested one and was given half of a garage which we converted into a small pharmacy. A big step up!!

Over time this was enlarged to occupy the whole garage. Another step up!! I was now doing the Otsuka and Opti-Q trials at Brooklyn, and then going to Bellville to do the very laborious Astra Zeneca trial. Then HAPPINESS in early 2013 Christelle, a pharmacist’s assistant arrived. She proved to be a lot more than an assisstant and knew a lot about how a trial pharmacy should operate. I learned at her feet and soon the pharmacy was first class.

Then a new pharmacist, Rene joined in Bellville and I continued at Brooklyn.

Then Ezanda arrived and our pharmacy was registered, another milestone!

Then at the end of 2017 the pharmacy was greatly enlarged and we moved into it in December.

Now Nicola is the Responsible pharmacist, and I will sadly leave at the end of July.

So that is my journey from a cupboard to palaltial pharmacy.

So thank you to everyone who taught me so much and so enriched my “retirement”

Good-bye and God bless.

Eugenie Gordon-Graham Pharmacist

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#MadibaDay

Delft Clinic Community Centre & the Community Advisory Board (CAB) celebrated Mandela Day with elderly people from Delft, encouraging people to visit the clinic and educating them about airborne diseases.

A Car Guard's Lunch

After the #67minutes of care our lab team recently undertook at the Parow clinic, there was some food left over and Alta from the lab saw the need to go give the car guards at the local Spar parking something to eat for lunch. We just happened to catch this good deed on camera.

TB Alliance

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TB Alliance – Community Engagement Fellowship program recently visited Madibeng Research Site in Brits.

The purpose of the fellowship was to bring communities together and establish learning programmes through activities that improves the society’s knowledge about TB Research and other health issues concerning clinical trials. Community Advisory Boards members came together to highlight and discuss challenges that the communities are facing and mostly how the communities view research.

Wineland's nurses visit TCRC

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TB room sisters and facility managers from the Winelands district are excited for their site visit to TASK Clinical Research Centre in Bellville.

The purpose of their visit is to view the facilities first hand and learn more about processes that take place in research.

Dr Justine Fargher from MSF visits TASK

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Dr Justine Fargher from MSF in Khayelitsha visited TASK to talk about the activities MSF is undertaking in the community.

Their scope of work spans everything from HIV and drug resistant TB to women’s health and substance abuse.

Women's Day

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TASK joined the City of Cape town at the Wesbank Multipurpose Centre for Women’s Day Celebrations.

 

The 9th of August is Women’s Day and the month of August is National Women’s Month. This is an opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements and the important role that all women have played and continue to play in South African society.

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Educational videos uploaded

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So due to the may requests we field for quality educational video content, we have scoured the internet and found these:

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The online you – Part two

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So last month I shared with you some websites that you as a parent should be aware of – you can recap here: https://task.org.za/task-newsletter-June/

This month, I wanted you to be one video smarter and be able to answer this online question:

What are cookies?

And no, not the ones we bake and eat. The ones almost every website is now asking you to accept before continuing to browse.

With POPI and the GDPR (The General Data Protection Regulation – a new privacy-related regulation active and enforceable since May 2018 and driven by the European Union) both very current topics, I’d thought I’d share a concise video with you describing what they are and what they do:

Further info can be found here:

https://cookies.insites.com