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
 
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
 
OLEG Story: "I’d been through many things in my life, but I’d never experienced anything like it.”
Tuberculosis

TB drug delamanid must be more affordable and made available in more countries

Statement 10 Oct 2019
 
Lebogang Seketema, MSF Driver
South Africa

Drivers for victims: changing lives in Rustenburg

Project Update 2 Oct 2019
 
Bending the Curves - Eshowe HIV
HIV/AIDS

HIV project in South Africa reaches 90-90-90 target one year ahead of deadline

Press Release 12 Jun 2019
 
Many people in the Platinum belt have family members working in the mines. Houses are often built close together in smaller, spread out neighbourhoods.
South Africa

Critical gaps in mental healthcare for survivors of sexual violence

Report 17 Dec 2018
 
Body Mapping as a mental health response to sexual violence
South Africa

The mental healthcare lottery faced by victims of sexual violence

Voices from the Field 17 Dec 2018
 
The Stop Stocks Outs Project South Africa April 2015
South Africa

Country takes landmark step for access to medicines

Press Release 31 May 2018
 
Outreach project
South Africa

Responding to pervasive sexual violence in the platinum belt

Project Update 30 Nov 2017

Contact us

Bending the Curves - Eshowe HIV
MSF South Africa

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