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17th Sep 2020
TB & COVID-19, what you need to know

In June 2020, the Western Cape health department released data stating that people with TB have a two to three-fold increased risk of dying of COVID-19.  The department also found that just over half of COVID-19 deaths were due to diabetes. In contrast, about one in 10 fatalities from the new coronavirus were due to being HIV positive and 2% were […]

24th Aug 2020
Thembisa mother and daughter linked to HIV services and support with help from USAID/PEFAR and The ELMA Foundation programs

In May 2020, Rorisang, a mother of four girls from Thembisa took her 6-year-old daughter to Thulani Clinic to treat a burn wound. Rorisang is HIV positive and upon checking the child’s file the ANOVA\APACE and ELMA Counsellor and Linkage Officer realised that the child had not previously tested for HIV. In addition, when the […]

31st Jul 2020
What do SUPERHEROES look like?

A wonderful tribute to all our SUPERHEROES working on the frontlines of this pandemic. Star appearance by our very own Daleen Carolissen in Cape Town! WE THANK YOU ALL!

27th Jul 2020
18-year-old woman confronts substance abuse through USAID/PEPFAR HIV program, The ELMA Foundation and CBO collaboration

Refilwe from Orlando, Soweto, presented with a high HIV viral load in January 2020 during her visit at Orlando clinic. An HIV viral load is the amount of HIV measured in a volume of blood. Refilwe had a history of interrupting her Antiretroviral treatment (ART) treatment and missing her clinic appointments. Given that the goal […]

14th Jul 2020
WITS’ students help 13 USAID/PEPFAR supported clinics to prepare for spike in COVID-19 cases

In March 2020, the Anova Health Institute Accelerating Program Achievements to Control the Epidemic (ANOVA\APACE) program in City of Johannesburg, approached the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) with the view to enrol medical students in a COVID-19 disaster management volunteer initiative. The aim of the initiative was to provide Masters and PHD students from the […]

6th Jul 2020
Young woman recovers from an HIV related illness with intervention from USAID/PEPFAR and Department of Health

Bokang Molepo, a 21-year-old woman from Mopani, was diagnosed with HIV at 9 years old and was immediately put onto antiretroviral treatment (ART).  

25th Jun 2020
5-year-old returns to care with support from USAID/PEPFAR and Department of Social Development

After the death of her mother, Ndivuwo who is 5 years old and her two siblings have been staying with their Grandparents residing in Giyani. The family stays quite a distance away from the nearest clinic and, due to financial constraints, were unable to travel to the health facility for regular check-ups for 20 months. […]

22nd May 2020
Keep your kids safe as they return to school

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga recently announced that schools will be opening for grade 7 and 12 learners as of 1 June 2020. South Africa has seen a jump in numbers in the past few weeks, at the time this article was published, SA’s numbers were sitting at just over 19 000 with infected cases. Our […]

16th Mar 2020
Coronavirus outbreak - a national state of disaster

As the World Health Organization has declared the CORONAVIRUS outbreak as a global pandemic, the South African Presidency has also declared a national state of disaster in terms of the Disaster Management Act.  Following an extensive analysis of the progression of the disease worldwide and in South Africa, Cabinet has decided to take urgent and […]

5th Feb 2020
CORONAVIRUS - SOUTH AFRICA IS ON HIGH ALERT

As we have been made aware about the deadly coronavirus outbreak in China, the South African Department of Health has assured the public that it’s adequately prepared for active surveillance, early detection, isolation and case management, contact tracing and prevention of onward spread of Coronavirus infection. According to World Health Organization (WHO), the incubation period […]

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