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|Aurum and Tibb Establish the Integrative Healthy Living Partnership|
The Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb has a proud history of providing healthcare and life practices founded on age old principles of preventative integrated care and developed through rigorous scientific research. The Tibb Institute’s approach to lifestyle and healthcare are perfectly suited to the South African environment that requires empowering, effective and sustainable forms of health care.
In keeping in with its commitment to community health the TIBB Institute works with and supports many health and care-giving NGO’s, especially in communities suffering from the devastating effects of HIV / AIDS and TB.
On 3 February 2012, the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb agreed to provide R500 000 in funding to the Aurum Institute to advise on lifestyle adjustment for people living with HIV and TB within Johannesburg’s inner city.
The joint initiative will be centred on Aurum’s well-established health clinic at the busy Bree Street Taxi Rank, through which 500,000 commuters pass every day, driven by more than 500 drivers. Over 20,000 people have been tested for HIV or TB by the Aurum clinic team since inception in 2008.
‘This initiative with Aurum is particularly ground-breaking’ said Professor Rashid Bhikha, founder and chairman of the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb. ‘We will assist in providing Tibb-trained nurses who can show tested patients how to take simple but important steps to improve their own health.’ Tibb will also fund a vehicle enabling Aurum to reach prospective clients in local SMEs in Selby, Booysens and other areas.
‘We’re very pleased with this new partnership, which will give a new dimension to our counseling endeavours, particularly in assisting clients to understand the importance of diet, exercise, nutrition and other health-seeking behaviours in an holistic view of health’, said Aurum Deputy CEO Dr Dave Clark, ‘and we look forward to sharing this knowledge with the City of Johannesburg HAST Programme’.
About the organisations:
Tibb is a comprehensive healing system based on scientific principles, rooted in ancient Egyptian, African, Greek, Arabic and Indian medicine. Tibb recognises the mental, spiritual, emotional and physical aspects of health, as well as the techniques of modern medicine; while emphasising individual responsibility in maintaining a healthy lifestyle to ensure the promotion and maintenance of health. The Institute of Tibb links with NGOs on projects in impoverished communities in South Africa which have a focus on preventive health and nutrition.
The Aurum Institute is an internationally recognised, specialist research and health programme implementation organisation. Aurum has spent the last decade focused on researching, monitoring, treating and managing the HIV and TB co-epidemic, making a substantial and measurable difference to the lives of the people of Southern Africa.