To uplift the quality of life of the Bitou community by promoting health and wellbeing for all, and by providing dignity in death for the terminally ill.
We are committed to filling a crucial role in the health and welfare service infrastructure of the region and ensuring all have access to quality care.
WHERE WE WORK
Our work is focused in the Bitou region in the Eden District of the Western Cape, including the communities of Tsitsikamma, Storms River, the Crags, Kranshoek, Harkerville, Wittedrift, Kwanokuthula and Plettenberg Bay.
The region has experienced rapid growth of its poor population in recent years, as migrants from impoverished communities in the Eastern Cape have moved to Bitou in search of better opportunities.
According to the 2011 census results, the Bitou community grew by 58% from 2001 to 2011, of which the poor community showed the largest growth percentage of 64.8% from 22 806 to 37 583. This rapid population growth, as well as dismal living conditions and poor nutrition, has put Bitou’s clinics and care facilities under significant strain.
OUR CARE PROGRAMMES
We operate two core programmes: the Plett Wellness Programme, a mobile health promotion and illness prevention service; and Hospice Plett, palliative home-based care and residential support for persons diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.VIEW OUR SERVICES
Holistically supporting our patients and their families is at the heart of what we do. We make every effort to educate our patients and their families around service access and treatment regimes. We also provide families with training on how to care for ill relatives, as well as disease prevention and healthy living.
The PlettAid Foundation was founded in 2003 as the Plettenberg Bay HIV/AIDS Forum. At the time, the HIV epidemic had swept through South Africa and people living with HIV in poor communities across the country had no access to anti-retroviral treatment and proper medical care. As the needs of the Bitou community changed over the years, the organisation adapted to accommodate these changing needs.
Subsequently the Plettenberg Bay HIV/AIDS Forum’s name was changed to the PlettAid Foundation in 2008. The name change reflected our broadened services to include patients with other chronic and life-limiting illnesses. In that same year, we were accredited as a hospice by Hospice Palliative Care Organisation of South Africa (HPCA).