When tuberculosis was rife in Durban, the Friends of the Sick Association (FOSA) was formed and has become a beacon of hope for sufferers. The organisation, which was formed on March 14, 1941 is now in existence for over 71 years. A concerned group of samaritans, Father Harold Satchel, Paul Sykes, Brian Nkonde, Kenneth Nair and Sam Ramsamy Naidu (who was honoured for his service to the community by having Stanley Copley Drive now named after him – R.D Naidu Drive) banded together to assist TB patients and their families. A settlement was established in Newlands on land that was donated by the Paruk/Lockhat families. There is inter-alia TB Hospital, a Clinic, cottages and offices. Over 50 Area Care Committees in KZN assisted in fundraising activities, monitoring TB patients and issuing Pamphlets.
FOSA is now not only involved in the fight against TB but also carries out an awareness programme about diabetes. This involves free pressure and suger tests, talks, discussions, support groups, school programs, motivational talks, networking with clinics, hospitals and welfare organisations. Soup kitchens have been established in Newlands and Ntuzuma. FOSA is an organisation that works closely with the community because it care about people’s health and well being. Their aim is to serve with love, humility and compassion.
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Fosa has also embarked on the management of diabetes. Public screening of Blood Gluscose and Pressure testing are done on a free of charge basis to an average of 300 people per month. The project is headed by Mr and Mrs Naidoo.