TB HIV Care joined The City of Cape Town, the Department of Health and a group of Khayelitsha NGOs (including MSF, SWEAT, Grassroot Soccer, Desmond Tutu) in Khayelitsha on Friday, 30 November for a World AIDS Day event at the Solomon Mahlangu Hall.
The national theme for World AIDS Day is Cheka Impilo, Know Your Status. The event celebrated health, wellness, community and positive choices while encouraging residents to #KnowYourStatus under the Department of Health’s ‘Cheka Impilo’ and ‘SheConquers’ campaigns.
There was an amazing atmosphere at the Hall (due in part to fantastic performers and speakers) and highlights included:
- A march from MSF’s offices at the Isivivana Centre in Khayelitsha to Solomon Mahlangu Hall – led by a drum majorette group
- A jazz performance from The Institute for Music and Indigenous Arts Development (IMAD) learners – who were brilliant
- Music, dance and other performances – including Zip Zap Circus
- 5-a-side soccer tournament
Many thanks to our HTS teams who provided free testing, screening and other health checks on the day. And a massive thank you to Ndumi Mtshiselwa (PP Prev Coordinator) who proved to be the perfect MC!
Special mention to Michelle Carey (Deputy Communications Manager) who worked so hard to make this event happen.
On Monday, 26 November, TB HIV Care’s Doctor Kenneth Kaunda (DKK) Key Populations – Sex Worker Programme site was assessed for its capacity to provide antiretroviral therapy (ART) and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
Key assessment objectives included:
- To assess the facility in the quality management of HIV and TB
- To assess implementation of the NSP HIV, STI and TB guidelines
- Assess the data management system, including proper data collection, recording, analysis and reporting
- To assess the drug supply and management system: planning, forecasting and reporting
- Support the facility in identifying programme strengths, weaknesses and opportunities – and making appropriate recommendations for improvement of ART/ PrEP service delivery
The site was visited by Hasina Subedar, Eva Marumo (NDoH), Keitheng Matlapeng (North West Provincial DoH), Paul Motlhaoleng and Anna Malaudi (Matlosana District DoH). They were received by Mfezi Mcingana (TB HIV Care’s Key Populations Programme Manager) and the DKK team. A successful assessment was conducted and accreditation was granted for both ART and PrEP implementation for the site.
The TB HIV Care DKK team would like to thank the DKK District and the NW Provincial Department of Health for their continued support of the programme.
TB HIV Care is in the process of designing and implementing an Informal Settlements Project in the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality (Eastern Cape). Essentially the project will bring a comprehensive prevention package of services (HIV, TB and STIs) to informal settlements which need it the most.
On Thursday the 17th of May, the National Department of Health and the Global Fund organised a meeting in Buffalo City Metro (BCM) to introduce TB HIV Care to the BCM District Department of Health.
The meeting was attended by NDoH representatives Yolisa Tsibolane (NDoH Director) and Matshidiso Sopoli (Informal Settlements Programme Manager); the district team headed by District Manager Mr Lusasa; as well as TB HIV Care’s Katherine Brittin (Programme Manager), Nobesuthu Feliti (our newly appointed Project Manager), Amanda Fononda (Regional Coordinator) and Zimkhitha Pathi (Regional Data Manager).
The purpose of the meeting, in addition to making introductions, was to build relationships, identify areas of operation and initiate plans for the implementation of the project. TB HIV Care’s existing reputation in the area paved the way for a very successful meeting and the feedback was that the programme is much-needed and very welcome.
The three informal settlements identified to implement the comprehensive prevention package (CPP) are Duncan Village, Resteen and Polar Park (Dimbaza).
With goodwill secured, we are now looking forward to getting started!