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

Detained for having a dream

Voices from the Field 24 Jul 2015
 
The Stop Stocks Outs Project South Africa April 2015
South Africa

Drug shortages threaten progress made in the world’s largest HIV programme

Press Release 11 Jun 2015
 
The Stop Stocks Outs Project South Africa April 2015
South Africa

Drug shortages - testimonies from patients and medical staff

Voices from the Field 11 Jun 2015
 
IDP Camps Durban April 2015
South Africa

MSF adapts medical response to needs of people displaced by xenophobic violence, providing psychological care for those traumatized

Press Release 21 May 2015
 
South Africa

MSF teams respond to health needs of displaced people in South Africa following xenophobic violence targeting foreign nationals

Press Release 21 Apr 2015
 
HIV/AIDS

International Women's Day: Medical and psychosocial support for teenagers with HIV

Project Update 4 Mar 2015
 
Patients count their pills in a CAG members meeting
HIV/AIDS

Community models of care explained

Project Update 26 Nov 2014
 
WAD 2014 PORTRAIT - Zimbabwe
HIV/AIDS

Beyond the rhetoric: Implement proven community strategies to fight HIV/AIDS

Press Release 20 Nov 2014
 
XDR-TB can be cured. The story of Phumeza Tisile.
Tuberculosis

Linezolid Fact Sheet

Report 1 Jul 2014

Contact us

Bending the Curves - Eshowe HIV
MSF South Africa

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