Twenty three years after South Africa’s first democratic elections, many Eastern Cape residents still live in dire poverty – held hostage as much by incompetent officials as corrupt ones. Is there any political will to turn the country’s poorest municipalities around?
More than fifty regular patients at the Village Clinic in the OR Tambo District had a sit-in at the clinic when they were told that their Efavirenz tablets – an anti-retroviral drug for HIV-positive patients – was not available.
Millions of people do not have access to proper sanitation and in South African schools the situation is especially dire. Health-e News Service conducted an informal survey of the state of 17 schools’ toilets that fall within four of the National Health Insurance (NHI) pilot districts. At all 17 schools the toilets were in a shocking condition. By OurHealth Reporters.
LUSIKISIKI. – Makazi Damane is a 42-year-old Lusikisiki man living at the low-income housing scheme in at Joe Slovo. He was diagnosed with HIV and started antiretroviral treatment in 2006, but from 2010 have been going on and off of treatment.