Corporate Social Investment

Ampath Social Responsibility Initiatives

At the heart of Ampath are values such as integrity, excellence, care and commitment. Not only for our patients and our people, but also for the society we live in. We are a proudly South African company and remain committed to building a sustainable organisation that makes a positive impact within the healthcare context and more broadly in our society.

1. Training and Career Development

The Ampath Human Resources department regards learning and development as a function concerned with organizational activity aimed at enhancing the job performance of individuals and teams in the organisation. The learning and development opportunities we provide include technical on-the-job training to provide our laboratories and others within the private and public sectors with skilled personnel and contributes to the skills development in South Africa. This includes a phlebotomy learnership through which we provide suitably qualified individuals to qualify themselves as phlebotomy technicians.  The phlebotomy learnership is HWSETA accredited and successful completion will result in a NQF qualification registered with the HPCSA. The Ampath technical training department provides opportunities for the training of intern technologists, student technicians, student laboratory assistants and intern medical scientists. The training and development department is further responsible for ensuring HPCSA compliance with regards to accredited training laboratories, learner and qualified registrations and exam entry. Behaviour skills training offered is aimed at developing leadership and supervisory competence within the organisation, including the improvement of relationships within the organisation through customised team interventions and guidance.

2. Pathologist Engagement

Ampath employs over 140 pathologists, many of whom hold honorary positions at South African Universities and assist with medical student and registrar pathologist training and examinations. In addition, our pathologists are involved in socially responsible initiatives such as antibiotic stewardship whereby our microbiologists play an active role within the South African healthcare context to promote the appropriate use of antibiotics to safeguard current and future use of lifesaving antibiotics.

Our pathologists also participate in various pro-deo medical care initiatives for indigent patients and others with limited access to health care.

3. Fundraising, Sponsorships and Donations

Ampath participates in a variety of fundraising initiatives in support of those in need. In 2018 funds were raised for schools for children with learning disabilities and brain dysfunction. We are also active in sponsoring events to raise funds for cancer associations and foundations. Every year many of our laboratory staff spend their free time crocheting blankets and donate them to “67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela day” in support of those in need on Mandela day. In times of crisis such as the recent droughts and Knysna fires, Ampath is always ready to assist to donate and raise funds for those most affected.

4. Environmental Sustainability

South Africa is a country with limited water and electricity and we all need play our respective roles to ensure sustainable usage of these scarce resources. Ampath has heavily invested in building new eco-friendly laboratories in the major centres making use of solar power systems, recycling and solutions that do not add additional stress to our environment and reduce our carbon footprint.

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