An estimated 55,000 Community Health Workers put their lives on the line each day to ensure healthcare access to the communities they live and work in nationwide. Earning as little as R800, these workers are demanding that the government absorb them into the National Health Department, writes Jamaine Krige.
The lockdown has impacted on South Africa’s ARV treatment programme, delaying the South African National Aids Council national strategy. Yet, Covid-19 has also brought with it innovations in treatment and prevention for HIV, TB and STIs.
Scientists have been working furiously to find a vaccine against Covid-19, and initial findings show positive results from the United Kingdom trial where the vaccine was tested on 1 077 healthy adults.
Deborah Birx, a member of President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR), told the 23rd International AIDS conference that despite the Covid-19 pandemic, they have continued to achieve most of their HIV sustainable development goals set for 2020.