TB HIV Care’s Sex Worker Programme given green light to supply ART and PrEP in Dr Kenneth Kaunda District

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.

The Pan-African Parliament hears from TB HIV Care

On National Women’s Day, Prof. Harry Hausler (CEO) headed to Johannesburg to speak to the Pan-African Parliament TB Caucus on how parliamentarians can work with civil society to end TB.

Harry presented his ideas about the three key ways civil society can contribute to the response to TB: by implementing services (particularly to hard-to-reach populations), by providing evidence-based information through research, and by advocating to put certain crucial issues on government’s agenda. He noted that the independence of civil society enables it to perform each of these three activities in a manner not possible by government.

The members of parliament present originated from countries across Africa, including Algeria, South Sudan, Cameroon, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, the Seychelles and Mauritius.

TB HIV Care was invited to speak at this meeting because of its recent appointment as a secretariat for the soon-to-be-launched SA TB Caucus – a body equivalent to the Pan-African TB Caucus, but made up of South African parliamentarians championing TB.