All MSF project staff in South Africa have been moved to COVID-19 response teams in the Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape provinces. Our staff are assisting with contact tracing, the development and dissemination of health promotion materials, and the set-up of health care facilities. We are making plans to assist further by partnering on triage, isolation and treatment interventions.
We are ensuring HIV/TB patients have medicine refills delivered to their homes during the pandemic.
In northern Gauteng, in and around Pretoria, our activities focus on mitigating the impact of the national 21-day lockdown on vulnerable groups such as asylum seekers, the elderly and homeless.
In South Africa’s biggest city and the capital of Guateng, Johannesburg, a mobile team is conducting primary healthcare consultations and COVID-19 screenings in three homeless shelters.
Triage tents and handwashing facilities have been set up at MSF-supported facilities in Eshowe (KwaZulu-Natal) and Rustenburg (North West province).