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TB HIV Care Celebrates 90 Years by Raising Nearly R90 000 for Children with TB

PRESS RELEASE

18th October 2019

 

Yesterday, the 17th October, non-profit organisation TB HIV Care celebrated 90 years of existence by inviting honoured guests and key partners to its annual general meeting and charity auction at the President Hotel. Due largely to the donation of a William Kentridge print, the charity auction raised R88 350 for a project providing educare services to children who are hospitalised with TB at Brooklyn Chest Hospital.

TB HIV Care was founded in 1929 to care for TB patients sent to sanatoria, as well as their families left behind. Since then, TB HIV Care has evolved to include HIV and is now dedicating to preventing, finding and treating TB, HIV and other major diseases.

CEO, Prof Harry Hausler reported on TB HIV Care’s achievements in the period (April 2018-March 2019), which included supporting 4 258 adolescent girls and young women and 1 435 sex workers to start pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) – a pill which if taken daily, prevents the acquisition of HIV.

During the year, the organisation has tested 911 184 people for HIV, mainly in the Eastern Cape, Western Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal.

TB HIV Care is the Provincial Support Partner for the Eastern Cape, and as such has undertaken initiatives to overhaul clinic record keeping systems. This in turn, decreases waiting times for patients at the clinic, as well as identifying patients who require follow up care (resulting in some instances in a 40% increase of people receiving treatment), and improving the ability of clinics to keep them in care. The initiative has been rolled out in 35 facilities across three districts and will scale up the intervention to 70 more clinics in due course.

The guest speakers included the newly appointed United States Health Attaché, Dr Sophia Siddiqui who congratulated TB HIV Care on reaching the 90-year milestone. TB HIV Care receives significant funding from the United States through the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Minister of Health for the Western Cape, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, also addressed the guests. She reminisced about her first interaction with TB HIV Care, when she went along with one of the organisation’s mobile teams on an outreach to provide health services to sex workers.

Hon. Sibongiseni Dhlomo, Chair of the Portfolio Committee on Health (National Assembly), and the Co-chair of the SA TB Caucus, was one of three members of the SA TB Caucus present, the others being Hon. Lindelwa Dunjwa, and Hon. Tshilidzi Munyai. The SA TB Caucus is a collective of South African parliamentarians committed to championing the political action in the response to the TB epidemic. Last year, TB HIV Care acted as secretariat to the caucus.

Prof. Harry Hausler, CEO of TB HIV Care, thanked these speakers, attributing TB HIV Care’s longevity in part, to the role of partnerships with key individuals and organisations.

“We understand that the key to achieving sustainable change in health systems is to work with all stakeholders. This includes government, academia, civil society and affected communities. One of TB HIV Care’s strengths is that we are rooted in the communities we serve – many of our staff are also community members and peers.”

The evening concluded with the auction of artworks donated to raise money to ensure that children under five who contract TB and are hospitalised at Brooklyn Chest Hospital are not confined to their cots for the duration of their stay.  Instead, ensuring this critical time of development, they are provided with mental and physical stimulation through educare.

The centrepiece of the auction, a William Kentridge print (one of 15), was sold for R75 000.

Master of Ceremonies, entertainer, Sunil Osman, addresses the crowd at TB HIV Care’s celebration of 90 years of existence.

 

(L to R) Hon. Tshilidzi Munyai, Whip for Health Portfolio Committee on Health (National Assembly); Prof Harry Hausler, Chief Executive Officer (TB HIV Care); Dr Sophia Siddiqui, US Health Attaché, Hon. Sibongiseni Dhlomo, Chair of the Portfolio Committee on Health (National Assembly) and Co-chair of the SA TB Caucus; Hon. Lindelwa Dunjwa, Chairperson of Portfolio Committee on Employment and Labour (National Assembly); David Mametja, Programme Executive (TB HIV Care) attend TB HIV Care’s celebration of 90 years of existence.

 

Vuyelwa Chako, Research Field Worker at TB HIV Care speaks about her journey with the organisation at TB HIV Care’s celebration of 90 years of existence.

 

Sunil Osman, Master of Ceremonies, unveils the William Kentridge on charity auction at TB HIV Care’s 90 year celebration. Funds raised will go to an educare centre for children under five hospitalised at Brooklyn Chest Hospital.

Contact:

Alison Best

alison@tbhivcare.org

072 615 9192

021 425 0050

 

TB HIV Care joins World Hepatitis Alliance

On Thursday, 26th September 2019, TB HIV Care was approved as a non-voting member of the World Hepatitis Alliance.

This is part of TB HIV Care’s strategy to broaden its focus to include other major diseases, and viral hepatitis in particular. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), hepatitis B and C cause about 1.3 million deaths per year globally, just less than the 1,6 million caused by TB. However, over 80% of people living with hepatitis lack access to prevention, testing and treatment services.

The World Hepatitis Alliance is a not-for-profit organisation that works with governments, national member organisations and other key partners to raise awareness of viral hepatitis and influence global change. By becoming a member, TB HIV Care raises its international visibility (the World Hepatitis Alliance has an ‘Official Relations’ status with the WHO and ‘Special Consultative Status’ with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.), as well as obtaining access to opportunities to network, attend conferences and capacity-building events and receive support for fundraising and policy work.

TB HIV Care has already begun to contribute towards viral hepatitis work in South Africa. From 2015 to 2018, TB HIV Care led a seven city study (in collaboration with the NCID, UCT, Anova Health Institute, OUT Well-being and funded by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation) to assess the prevalence of viral hepatitis among sex workers, people who use drugs and men who have sex with men, as well as evaluate the feasibility of various diagnostic options.

KidzAlive Training

From the 12th – 16th of August 2019, Zoë-Life provided master training for 18 TB HIV Care and Department of Health (DoH) staff, including professional nurses, social workers and training coordinators.

Zoë-Life is an organisation focused on bringing health, wellness and personal development to children, youth and families. Zoë-Life was contracted by TB HIV Care to conduct implementer training on their KidzAlive programme.

The KidzAlive programme is endorsed by the NDoH and deals with child-friendly HTS, disclosure and adherence with children and their parents or caregivers.

The purpose of the training was to scale-up the implementation of the Kidzalive model in various districts of the Eastern Cape, where TB HIV Care provides support and technical assistance at facility level.

The five-day training covered three modules:

* Foundational skills in working with children and their caregivers
* A child-friendly HTS and disclosure model
* Adherence support (more…)