Health in Strandfontein COVID-19 Shelter

Report on health conditions in the Strandfontein COVID-19 Temporary Shelter for the Homeless: findings of an independent assessment for the South African Human Rights Commission, conducted on Saturday 11 April 2020.

The report highlights a number of violations of international humanitarian standards with significant risks for the health and safety of residents of the shelter. Residents of the Strandfontein Shelter are at increased risk of negative health outcomes, including acquisition and transmission of COVID-19, TB and other communicable diseases.

Author: Dr. Gilles Van Cutsem, MD, DTMH, MPH; MSF Senior HIV/TB Adviser; independent expert.

Read the press release: South Africa: COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown Demands Safer Temporary Shelters