Alice Sodinga

South Africa: Solving treatment bottlenecks

The monthly Improvement Meeting at Qumbu Health Centre, 50km from the Eastern Cape province town of Mthatha, is supposed to start at 9am, but rarely starts before 10am. Many of the nurses attending work at remote rural clinics scattered across Mhlontlo District and have to travel along rudimentary roads using the mini-bus taxis system to reach the meeting, so no-one complains about late arrivals. Once seated, they begin calling out figures to Kholeka Mhlakaza, the HIV/AIDS treatment programme manager for Mhlontlo, who writes them on a whiteboard.