TAC takes health literacy to school
The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) is taking health education to pupils in the rural Eastern Cape.
TAC branch members in the Eastern Cape’s O.R. Tambo District are teaching school children about the importance of adhering to any treatment and not just that for HIV.
As part of the campaign, TAC members are hitting the pavement and the airways on local radio station Inkonjane FM to educate people on the importance of completing their courses of antibiotics.
The district department of education has welcomed the campaign, according to Nomzi Ndzitshe from the district offices. According to Ndzitshe, learners and teachers alike are taking heed and finishing their courses of prescribed medication.
Local teacher Zolile Nyangana said that the TAC’s education has become the subject of schoolyard chatter.
“Our leaners … even show signs of change in taking care of their cleanliness now more than ever,” Nyangana said..
TAC provincial coordinator Zukile Madikizela said TAC members are proud to help.
“We, as the TAC, are proud of the work we do taking back (information) to our communities,” Madikizela told OurHealth. “We are trying very hard to phase out stigma and discrimination so that people will live peacefully and happily.”