29 June 2015

“Siyanda!” Fanelwa Gwashu’s voice carries over the soft chatter inside the two-bedroom shack in Khayelitsha, a township on the Cape Flats in the City of Cape Town... She shifts the large register from her arm, resting it on the tiny kitchen counter in front of her... Siyanda looks up from her seat on the bed in the adjacent room, checks the number Gwashu wrote on her hand in koki pen a few minutes earlier, and answers, “65”... Gwashu records the figure in the register... Every two months Gwashu, a lay health worker with Doctors Without Borders, meets these 15 Khayelitsha residents in Siyanda’s shack to weigh them, enquire about any other health problems and dispense a supply of HIV medication to each person to last them until their next meeting... Learn how communities are bringing HIV monitoring and dispensing out of the clinics and into their homes through adherence clubs.
Read article HERE.