Everybody Breathes: Treating TB in Eshowe, South Africa

South Africa

South Africa has the largest HIV patient cohort in the world and is helping to lead the way in gaining access to new treatments for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB).

In KwaZulu-Natal province, our project’s community-oriented approach is to increase integrated HIV testing and TB screening, as well as access and adherence to HIV treatment.

The Khayelitsha project near Cape Town continues to develop and implement treatment regimens for MDR-TB and innovative models of care for patients living with HIV and TB.

Our teams are currently responding to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa.

Our activities in 2020 in South Africa

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2020.

MSF in South Africa in 2020 In South Africa, MSF supported the COVID-19 response, while continuing to provide care for HIV and tuberculosis (TB) patients, victims of sexual violence and vulnerable migrants.
Map of activities in South Africa

To address the secondary consequences of COVID-19, which included a sharp decline in the uptake of health services, we adapted our existing activities in novel ways. Our sexual violence project in South Africa’s platinum belt ensured that health services for victims remained accessible through the provision of phone-based counselling and transport at a time when public services had ceased.

Our teams in Eshowe and Khayelitsha worked to maintain HIV and TB diagnosis and treatment through large-scale distribution of oral HIV self-testing kits, and by making sure that local facilities tested for COVID-19, HIV and TB at the same time. Staff delivered antiretrovirals (ARV) and medications for other chronic diseases to patients’ homes or community pick-up points, and provided home-based care for drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) patients.

Our teams worked in numerous shelters for homeless people in the cities of Tshwane and Johannesburg, delivering mental health and medical services, which in Tshwane included the distribution of opioid substitution therapy. During the first COVID-19 wave, we set up, staffed and managed a 60-bed COVID-19 field hospital in a sports hall in Khayelitsha, treating patients with moderate-to-severe COVID-19 in their community. In the second wave, we supported COVID-19 wards in seven hospitals in three provinces.

In 2020, MSF celebrated 20 consecutive years of operations, with milestones including the development of the first ARV treatment programmes on the continent and a successful push for shorter, less toxic treatment for DR-TB.

 

in 2020
 
South Africa unrest: Durban response
South Africa

Supporting vulnerable communities in the aftermath of violence

Project Update 23 Jul 2021
 
Addressing the ocean of gaps in the treatment of tuberculosis in children and adolescents
Tuberculosis

Sustainable solutions for children and adolescents at risk of drug-resistant tuberculosis

Project Update 30 Mar 2021
 
Eshowe Rural COVID-19 Response
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Southern Africa needs the right COVID-19 vaccines, at the right price – right now

Press Release 18 Feb 2021
 
Doctor iilaya talking to patient pramod in the HFNC ward
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

MSF supports India and South Africa ask to waive COVID-19 patent rights

Press Release 7 Oct 2020
 
Eshowe Rural COVID-19 Response
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 and rural South Africa

org.za 21 Sep 2020
 
Khayelitsha Field Hospital Activity
South Africa

Western Cape begins to breathe after COVID-19 peak

Project Update 6 Aug 2020
 
COVID-19: Khayelitsha Field Hospital
South Africa

MSF opens field hospital as South Africa braces for COVID-19

Project Update 12 Jun 2020
 
Malawi - Advanced HIV
HIV/AIDS

AIDS death toll stagnating due to lack of testing at community level

Press Release 1 Dec 2019
 
Malawi - Advanced HIV
HIV/AIDS

MSF report "No time to lose" examines the fight against AIDS in 15 countries

Report 27 Nov 2019

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Bending the Curves - Eshowe HIV
MSF South Africa

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Johannesburg
South Africa