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Care Fund launched on Mandela Day to support under-resourced community health workers

In the spirit of Ubuntu, remembering South Africa’s late father of freedom and the call to “take action and inspire change”, TB HIV Care launched the ‘Care Fund’ on Mandela Day, 18 July 2020. This fund seeks to encourage individual giving on an ongoing basis to provide support to TB HIV Care’s community health worker programme – one of the most under-resourced elements of our health system.

The community health worker programme provides critical services to South Africa’s people. When COVID-19 arrived in our country, it was community health workers who were called to the frontlines to implement mass screening in our communities. TB HIV Care’s CHWs in the Cape Metro alone, have screened more than 38 000 people for COVID-19 in just a few months. In addition to this, studies have shown the impact CHWs can have in improving child and maternal health, access to reproductive and sexual health services and adherence to TB and HIV treatment.
Yet community health workers are exposed to a number of dangers while delivering services on foot, walking from household-to-household in all weathers. Year on year, TB HIV Care’s rallies to try and close basic gaps in the programme. These gaps include PPE, panic buttons, psychosocial support and more.

“This year we have decided to be proactive and find ways to build resources and our staff within this programme to deliver the best possible service. Through launching this fund, we are hoping to provide more support for this programme in areas where it is really needed,” said Simone Van Willingh, Public-private Partnership Coordinator.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been community health workers in particular who have carried their communities, showing tremendous bravery by going door-to-door to each and every household. This Mandela Day we want to honour them.”

“I learned that courage was not absence of fear, but triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear”- Nelson Mandela

Those who wish to donate can do so via TB HIV Care’s website (, click on donate.

We stand together, to take action and inspire change!

THC: Request for Proposals

Opportunity Closing Date: 31 July 2020
Opportunity Type: Call for Proposals

Calling all bidders for the appointment of a service provider to provide Indoor Mechanically Ventilated Sputum Collection Booths to be installed in healthcare facilities located in eThekwini.



Tender Reference: Ref: THC/SB/07/2020/10

Sector: Health

Closing Date: 31 July 2020

Issuing Date: 24 July 2020

Region: KZN

Online Briefing Compulsory:
Click on the link: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

Briefing Meeting Date: 17 July 2020 @ 12h00 – 13h00

Bid Quotations to be submitted to:

More details are outlined in the provided documents:

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Seven Years on the Frontline of Harm Reduction!

2020 marks the 7th year that TB HIV Care has been working at the frontlines of harm reduction in South Africa. TB HIV Care accompanied on this journey by Mainline, have provided financial, technical and emotional support to move forward policy and programmes for people who use drugs (PWUD) in South Africa and most importantly work with the community of PWUD to regain dignity and work towards self-empowerment. TB HIV Care has developed a Harm Reduction track record, which highlights the major events and turning points in this journey, as well as some of the impacts of this work, and includes recommendations for the future.

The Step Up Project has reached over 5 000 people who inject drugs in four South African cities, distributed over 1.7 million needles and syringes. It has provided opportunities for the voices of PWUD to inform the National Drug Master Plan. The project continues to advocate for the rights of PWUD and is also supported by the Global Fund, Open Society Foundations and the Cape Town Central Improvement District. The track record does not name all the people involved. Still, it remains a group effort, and this work would not have been possible without the passion and commitment of the teams who work in the field, the support staff, and most importantly the community of people who use drugs.

Read more about our harm reduction track record here:
THC Harm Reduction Track Record