Johannesburg – Doctors Without Borders (MSF),condemns the full or partial closure of vital antiretroviral therapy (ART), tuberculosis (TB), and other chronic medication services at public sector facilities due to the protracted public service strike.
• HIV positive pregnant women are unable to access ART for purposes of preventing transmission of HIV to their babies
• Confusion grows amongst patients regarding the availability of ART services and there is low attendance at public health facilities for repeat ART
In addition, failing to send out a clear message to the public regarding the availability of ART services during the strike will cause a devastating breakdown in confidence in the reliability of public sector healthcare services, which has taken years to build.
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