MSF staff in South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal speaking with a Drug Resistant Tuberculosis patient

South Africa

In South Africa, we respond to disease epidemics, such as HIV and tuberculosis, and assist migrants with access to healthcare.

We work with undocumented people and migrants in Tshwane, where we run a project that provides access to medical care for these underserved communities.

MSF teams also respond to emergencies, such as flash floods in the KwaZulu-Natal province and in the aftermath of violence.

In KwaZulu-Natal province, our project’s community-oriented approach is to increase integrated HIV testing and TB screening, as well as access and adherence to HIV treatment. We also advocate for better access and pricing to new drugs and vaccines.

Our activities in 2021 in South Africa

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2021.

MSF activities in South Africa in 2021 In South Africa, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) supported the COVID-19 response, while continuing to provide care for HIV and tuberculosis (TB) patients, victims of sexual violence and vulnerable migrants
MSF, Doctors Without Borders, Activities in South Africa in 2021

MSF’s project in Eshowe, Mbongolwane and Ngwelezane in KwaZulu-Natal province responded to two major COVID-19 waves in 2021, by sending doctors and nurses to work in the COVID-19 wards of five hospitals. The project’s TB activities were closed for a week in July due to widespread social unrest in the province, in which more than 300 people died. In the immediate aftermath, we launched an emergency response, providing first aid and essential items such as blankets and hygiene kits, to support affected communities and health facilities.

To mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 lockdowns on the uptake of TB services, our HIV/TB project in Khayelitsha, in Western Cape province, provided home-based care to patients. We also gave TB preventive treatment to more than 150 individuals who were exposed to the disease in their homes. 

In the cities of Tshwane and Johannesburg, where we run a migrant health project, we supported COVID-19 vaccination activities for undocumented people. For these marginalised groups, the lack of any identifying documentation poses a barrier to healthcare. To facilitate better access to medical services, we worked with our partners to develop ‘Green Book’ healthcare cards, which are recognised by local health authorities in lieu of identifying documentation. 

In June, we handed over our sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) project in Rustenburg on South Africa’s Platinum Belt to the provincial health department. Recognising the need for a better medical and psychological response to rape, MSF teams developed community-based health hubs, which provided care to thousands of SGBV victims. The project additionally supported safe abortion care in Bojanala district, with our staff performing thousands of abortion procedures between 2018 and 2021. 

IN 2021

 
HIV/AIDS

MSF HIV/TB clinical guide for primary care

MSF medical resource 3 Feb 2023
 
HIV/AIDS

MSF HIV/TB Guide: Hospital Level

MSF medical resource 3 Feb 2023
 
MSF, Doctors without borders Flag
South Africa

MSF responds to meat truck looting incident in KwaZulu-Natal allegedly implicating a staff member

Press Release 31 Jan 2023
 
MSF, Doctors Without Borders, New Law Decree, Med Sea, Italy
Mediterranean Migration

New decree obstructs lifesaving efforts at sea and will cause more deaths

Statement 5 Jan 2023
 
MSF Pharmacist dispensing Bedaquiline and Delamanid based DRTB
Multi-drug Resistant Tuberculosis

TB-PRACTECAL: Groundbreaking MSF trial finds better treatment for people with drug-resistant tuberculosis

Press Release 21 Dec 2022
 
MSF, Doctors Without Borders, South Africa, Rustenburg
International Migrants Day

Access to healthcare remains a challenge for migrant mothers and children in Gauteng hospitals

Press Release 14 Dec 2022