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MSF in Khayelitsha, Doctors Without Borders in Cape Town
Khayelitsha, Cape Town. Photo by: Rowan Pybus/MSF

The MSF Khayelitsha project near Cape Town, South Africa, continues to develop innovative interventions in HIV and DR-TB care, with the aim of influencing local, national, regional and international policies on treatment for these diseases. 

The project successfully increased access to new drugs for DR-TB patients, and currently has some of the largest groups of patients on the new drugs, or combinations of them.

This was a major factor in the project being chosen as a site for the multi-location endTB trial, which seeks to revolutionise treatment for the toughest strains of TB.

A focus on alcohol disorders as the most common reason that DR-TB patients interrupt treatment was the project’s major patient support intervention in 2017.

The effectiveness of oral self-testing as a tool for increasing the number of people who are aware of their HIV status was investigated.

The project also piloted postnatal support clubs for mothers and their babies in primary healthcare facilities in partnership with Mothers2Mothers, aiming to provide integrated care and prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission. No transmission was recorded 18 months after the women gave birth.

 The Khayelitsha project, in partnership with the City of Cape Town and Western Cape Departments of Health (DOH), continues to perform as an implementer of innovative interventions in HIV and drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) care.  

  • MSF in Khayelitsha, Cape Town

    Our project in Khayelitsha, Western Cape has been around for the last seventeen years initially focusing on access to affordable and safe ARV treatment and later piloting innovative models of care in both decentralised HIV and DR-TB management. Our actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of impartiality, independence and neutrality. We are a non-profit, self-governed, member-based organisation.

  • MSF’s activities in Khayelitsha

    The Khayelitsha project, in partnership with the City of Cape Town and Western Cape Departments of Health (DOH), continues to perform as an implementer of innovative interventions in HIV and drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) care. Study outcomes inform activities in MSF HIV/TB projects within and outside the region, and influence local, national, regional, and international policies on HIV and DR-TB care.   But most importantly we provide access to affordable and safe ARV treatment.

    MSF’s staff in Khayelistha, cares about using every second to save a life. The teams try by all means to provide affordable and safe access to treatment to our beneficiaries.

Accessing MSF’s activities in Khayelitsha

The following are services that are provided by MSF's teams in Khayelitsha:

  • Welcome Service

    Are you or your loved ones facing difficulties with ARVs? Message us on Facebook and we will do our best to help you get back to care.

    Welcome Service aims to help patients struggling with HIV treatment and have disengaged with care. Currently, the service is offered in Khayelitsha’s Michael Mapongwana clinic, available for patients living in the area.

    Are you or your loved ones facing difficulties with ARVs? Message us on Facebook and we will do our best to help you get back to care.

  • Pre Exposure Prophylaxis

    Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a new and safe HIV prevention method, available for HIV negative women between the ages of 18 and 25.

    MSF is currently making the treatment available through a study project. To sign up, visit Site C Youth Clinic, Monday to Friday, 8AM-4PM. Or send us SMS or Whatsapp: 060 695 7711

  • Mobile clinic

    MSF mobile clinic is available in Khayelitsha’s eNdlovini neighborhood.

    We offer free comprehensive services, including HIV counselling and Testing, ARV treatment, STI screening and treatment, TB screening, family planning, Diabetes and Hypertension screening, Adherence clubs and Quick Pick-up.

    Opening hours and location:

    • Monday - Tuesday: 9AM-6PM eZipalini Zikagesi
    • Thursday - Friday: 9AM-6PM VPUU Center
    • Saturday: 9AM-2PM rotation at each site

    For more information contact 021 364 5490

  • Outreach

    Currently, we are conducting regular outreach activities throughout Khayelitsha. We offer free basic health check, including blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and TB tests. We also distribute free condoms and lubricants.

    For more information, call or WhatsApp Simo: 073 496 0464

  • Oral self-testing pilot

    Currently, MSF is running a pilot project of distributing free oral self-testing kits for HIV. If you are interested, you can pick up a kit at Site B pharmacy or look out for us at our next outreach event. Follow our Facebook page to see when and where that is.

  • EndTB trial

    MSF is running a clinical trial on new drugs for TB treatment at the Town 2 clinic in Khayelitsha. For more information, you can contact Jared: msfocb-khayelitsha-endtb@brussels.msf.org.

  • Community services

    MSF works closely with the community. We work with various other NGOs including TAC, Philani, mothers2mothers and community health workers. Look out for us in your community and feel free to come and say 'hi' to learn more about what we are doing.

MSF in South Africa

MSF has been working in South Africa since 1999. Find out more about MSF’s activities in South Africa.

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