Starfish Greathearts Foundation’s Wellness Wagon takes healthcare to children in impoverished communities in KwaZulu-Natal. (Image: Starfish Greathearts Foundation, Facebook)An international foundation is ensuring quality basic healthcare is taken to kids in impoverished communities in South Africa.Starfish Greathearts Foundation, a UK-based charity, is running an online crowdfunding campaign to raise R100 000 for a mobile clinic called the Wellness Wagon, which will serve 3 500 children per year in KwaZulu-Natal. The funds will be used for operational costs.The Wellness Wagon will be staffed by a nurse who will serve one of Starfish’s community-based operations.The foundation said that accessible healthcare for children will help prevent child mortality caused by preventable diseases. “The Wellness Wagon is based on the School Integrated Health programme, and is aimed at ensuring the physical, mental and social well-being of children to maximise their learning capabilities.”Wellness Wagon services include:Specialist screening and testing equipment to detect and treat HIV, TB, sexually transmitted diseases and malnutrition at an early stage,Eyesight, hearing and oral hygiene,Immunisations,Deworming,Prevention messaging and campaigning (such as prevention of drug and alcohol use and abuse, counselling on sexual and reproductive health issues),Para-medical care-physiotherapy, dietetics, and;Anthropometric assessmentsSince it was established in May 2001, Starfish has supported orphaned or vulnerable children in South Africa by working in partnership with community-based organisations. They reach over 14 000 children in seven provinces each year.The online crowdfunding campaign has raised over R63 000 so far. Check out the campaign page to help Starfish reach its target.Watch video to find out more about the Starfish Greathearts Foundation:
Women are more likely to use cellphones for texting or emails to build relationships and have deeper conversations, while men prefer using their devices for entertainment purposes and accessing social networking sites, a new US study has found.Women college students spend an average of 10 hours a day on their cellphones and men college students spend nearly eight, with excessive use posing potential risks for academic performance, researchers from Baylor University said.”As cellphone functions increase, addictions to this seemingly indispensable piece of technology become an increasingly realistic possibility,” said researcher James Roberts, The Ben H Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business.The study noted that approximately 60 per cent of college students admit they may be addicted to their cellphone, and some indicated they get agitated when it is not in sight.The study – based on an online survey of 164 college students – examined 24 cellphone activities and found that time spent on 11 of those activities differed significantly across the sexes.Some functions – among them Pinterest and Instagram – are associated significantly with cellphone addiction. But others that might logically seem to be addictive – Internet use and gaming – were not.Of the top activities, respondents overall reported spending the most time texting (an average of 94.6 minutes a day), followed by sending emails (48.5 minutes), checking Facebook (38.6 minutes), surfing the Internet (34.4 minutes) and listening to their iPods (26.9 minutes).Men send about the same number of emails as women but spend less time on each.”That may suggest that they’re sending shorter, more utilitarian messages than their female counterparts,” Roberts said.advertisementWomen may be more inclined to use cellphones for social reasons such as texting or emails to build relationships and have deeper conversations, the study suggested.The men in the study, while more occupied with using their cellphones for utilitarian or entertainment purposes, “are not immune to the allure of social media,” Roberts said.They spent time visiting such social networking sites as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Among reasons they used Twitter were to follow sports figures, catch up on the news – “or, as one male student explained it, ‘waste time,'” Roberts said.The study was published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions.