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TAC members form home-based care organisation

Written by Thabo Molelekwa

Member of the AIDS lobby organisation the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) have formed a home-based care organisation to help increase communities’ knowledge about HIV treatment east of Johannesburg.

TAC members blame misconceptions about HIV treatment for the high number of orphaned children in their community (File photo)

TAC members blame misconceptions about HIV treatment for the high number of orphaned children in their community (File photo)

“One of our challenges is that people from our community are being mislead to leave treatment and take traditional herbs, which don’t help fight the virus, ” says Phumza Nikani, a caregiver with the newly formed Sindisa Home-based Care organisation.

Nikani blames misconceptions about HIV treatment for high numbers of orphaned children in the community.

The organisation is completely funded by TAC Rondebult branch members and has already started a weekly soup kitchen for vulnerable chlidren in the community. Sindisa Home-based Care workers also pool funds monthly to buy groceries for their patients.

Luvuyo Makhubalo was at one time a patient but has now become a member.

“This organisation has been helpful to me,” he told OurHealth. “They helped me recover and are taking care of me and my younger siblings up until today by giving us food and other household stuff we need.”

I decided to take part in the organisation and reach out to those who need help as I was helped,” he added.

While care givers told OurHealth that they love their work, they said they are short on supplies due to a lack of sponsorship.

“We really love what we do, but now – because we don’t have funders or people who sponsor us – we are short of working material like plastic gloves and masks which can help us prevent the spread of infections,’ said Sindisa charperson Bongani Radebe.

About the author

Thabo Molelekwa

Thabo Molelekwa joined OurHealth citizen journalists project in 2013 and went on to become an intern reporter in 2015. Before joining Health-e News, Thabo was a member of the Treatment Action Campaign’s Vosloorus branch. He graduated from the Tshwane University of Technology with a diploma in Computer Systems and started his career at Discovery Health as a claims assessor. In 2016 he was named an International HIV Prevention Reporting Fellow with the International Centre for Journalists and was a finalist in the Discovery Health Journalism Awards competition in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Thabo also completed a feature writing course at the University of Cape Town in 2016. In 2017 he became a News reporter , he is currently managing the Citizen Journalism programme.You can follow him on @molelekwa98