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Community Health & Arts Trust (CHAT) No Longer Operational

28 - copy Brooklyn Chest Hospital – Music Therapy for TB Patients Pygmalion was a founding sponsor of the Community Health and Arts Trust (CHAT). In 2007, CHAT in collaboration with the Music Therapy Community Clinic (MTCC), initiated a Music Therapy programme for TB patients at Brooklyn Chest Hospital (BCH). BCH is a referral hospital based in Cape Town for TB patients who require in-patient care, typically for up to 6 months duration. What is unique about BCH is that it also focusses on Multiple Drug Resistant (MDR) and Extremely Drug Resistant (XDR) TB patients. Due to challenges in securing on going funding as well as capacity constraints, CHAT was not able to continue, and has ceased to function.   The information and images that remain will hopefully serve as an inspiration for others who would be interested in our ideas about how the ARTS can support social development. The brief History of CHAT Pygmalion was a founding sponsor of the Community Health and Arts Trust (CHAT). In 2007, CHAT in collaboration with the Music Therapy Community Clinic (MTCC), initiated a Music Therapy programme for TB patients at Brooklyn Chest Hospital (BCH). BCH is a referral hospital based in Cape Town for TB patients who require in-patient care, typically for up to 6 months duration. What is unique about BCH is that it also focusses on Multiple Drug Resistant (MDR) and Extremely Drug Resistant (XDR) TB patients.The Brooklyn Chest Hospital Programme The Community Health and Arts Trust (CHAT) launched its pilot project at the Brooklyn Chest Hospital (BCH) on March 22nd 2007. The intent was to deliver ‘art as therapy’ in support of the existing in-patient and out-patient treatment programmes for patients at BCH – this included providing staff with necessary training/coaching in the support of music therapy goals, and provide an opportunity for artists to play a meaningful (and financially sustainable) role in social development. Dr M. Iqbal Survé (Chairman of the Sekunjalo Investment Group) and Sean Germond (Director of Pygmalion), and BHC Medical Superintendent Dr Moeti were guest speakers at the launch. Sunelle Fouche (MTCC) explained the value of music therapy in a TB treatment programme

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