Only about a third of those living with kidney conditions in South Africa are receiving life-saving dialysis. This insert, produced for SABC 2’s Morning Live, follows Nonhlanhla Kotwane as she travels to hospital to receive dialysis treatment. Kotwane, 27, was born with one kidney and is now in renal failure. More than 6000 people in South Africa are on dialysis treatment during which a patient’s blood is extracted, purified by a dialysis machine and returned to the patient. But, South Africa should be treating upwards of 18 000. Public health care facilities desperately need more dialysis machines.
District Clinical Specialist Teams have been set up in every health district in the country to support care-workers and improve healthcare – especially for mothers and children.