Health Systems Trust (HST) has just released its latest publication entitled, An assessment of current support strategies for patients with TB in KwaZulu-Natal. The study probed the level of need for material assistance experienced by patients, and the impact of such assistance's provision.
PRESS RELEASE: The Hidden Epidemic Amongst Former Miners: Silicosis, Tuberculosis and the Occupational Diseases in Mines and Works Act in the Eastern Cape, South Africa
A powerful indictment upon institutionalised neglect
With this ground-breaking piece of research published by the Health Systems Trust, Jaine Roberts, Deputy Director and an experienced researcher and journalist, shows how neglected is the health care of black former miners who have created much of the wealth of South Africa through their physical sacrifice.
Poverty has long been recognized as one of the factors predisposing people to TB (Lancet 2005) and, in South Africa, many patients with TB live in poor conditions. In order to ameliorate these conditions, a few initiatives to support patients with TB have been made in KwaZulu-Natal. To date, support for TB patients has been provided in the form of free treatment at government hospitals and clinics (Department of Health 2001), and nutritional supplementation and social grants (Department of Social Development 2006)1.
This report presents the methods and findings of a qualitative study of the experiences of patients taking medication for HIV infection as part of an antiretroviral therapy (ART) programme in five sites in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), South Africa. The study, known as the ADHERE Project, was designed by MEASURE Evaluation and implemented in collaboration with Health Systems Trust to provide information to the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health for use in expanding and improving their ART services.
TB/HIV Care Associations Project Integrate seeks applicants for a Clinical Manager based in the head office in Cape Town. This is a one year contract post with the possibility of renewal. Project Integrate is funded by the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).