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 2021 in South Africa

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2021.

MSF in South Africa in 2021 In South Africa, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) supported the COVID-19 response, while continuing to provide care for HIV and tuberculosis (TB) patients, victims of sexual violence and vulnerable migrants.
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MSF’s project in Eshowe, Mbongolwane and Ngwelezane in KwaZulu-Natal province responded to two major COVID-19 waves in 2021, by sending doctors and nurses to work in the COVID-19 wards of five hospitals. The project’s TB activities were closed for a week in July due to widespread social unrest in the province, in which more than 300 people died. In the immediate aftermath, we launched an emergency response, providing first aid and essential items such as blankets and hygiene kits, to support affected communities and health facilities.

To mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 lockdowns on the uptake of TB services, our HIV/TB project in Khayelitsha, in Western Cape province, provided home-based care to patients. We also gave TB preventive treatment to more than 150 individuals who were exposed to the disease in their homes. 

In the cities of Tshwane and Johannesburg, where we run a migrant health project, we supported COVID-19 vaccination activities for undocumented people. For these marginalised groups, the lack of any identifying documentation poses a barrier to healthcare. To facilitate better access to medical services, we worked with our partners to develop ‘Green Book’ healthcare cards, which are recognised by local health authorities in lieu of identifying documentation. 

In June, we handed over our sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) project in Rustenburg on South Africa’s Platinum Belt to the provincial health department. Recognising the need for a better medical and psychological response to rape, MSF teams developed community-based health hubs, which provided care to thousands of SGBV victims. The project additionally supported safe abortion care in Bojanala district, with our staff performing thousands of abortion procedures between 2018 and 2021. 
 

 

in 2021
 
Ethekwini Flooding: Flood damage
South Africa

Thousands homeless and at risk of disease after devastating floods

Project Update 22 Apr 2022
 
Let's kick COVID out. Vaccinate!
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Vaccinating people with comorbidities in South Africa

Press Release 17 Feb 2022
 
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

Contact us

Bending the Curves - Eshowe HIV
MSF South Africa

7th Floor, Zurich House
70 Fox Street, Marshalltown
Johannesburg
South Africa