Health team fights the spread of COVID-19 in SA

by TransCape NPO
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Health team fights the spread of COVID-19 in SA
Health team fights the spread of COVID-19 in SA
Health team fights the spread of COVID-19 in SA
Health team fights the spread of COVID-19 in SA
Health team fights the spread of COVID-19 in SA
Health team fights the spread of COVID-19 in SA
Health team fights the spread of COVID-19 in SA
Health team fights the spread of COVID-19 in SA
Health team fights the spread of COVID-19 in SA
Health team fights the spread of COVID-19 in SA
Health team fights the spread of COVID-19 in SA
Zintathu health counsellor
Zintathu health counsellor

It has been such a difficult time due to the Corona Virus pandemic, but we have been continuing with the following projects, trying as much as we can to make a difference and helping our communities. It is however a tough road, as we had to adapt to a new normal.                                                                                                    

Home visits

Zintathu our HIV Counsellor has visited more homes as it was the safest way to keep everyone updated. In these unprecedented times it was of paramount importance to support our community members who have to take HIV medication. It was difficult to get to the clinics and pharmacies due to the national lock down. There was even shortish of medication and Zinathu had to encourage people to not give up but check for their medication with their clinic staff and doctors. Extra counselling was needed as the people were suffering from job loss and beginning to starve. Taking HIV medication on an empty stomach can cause grave side effects.

 

Home Based Care groups

Zintathu worked hard to educate the Home-Based Care workers about Covid-19 and the raging pandemic. She continued with their monthly meetings and gave out a lot of information materials in form of booklets and pamphlets concerning hygiene and prevention of transmission. Special workshops were given to 5 groups, focusing on dealing with HIV/Aids clients during the pandemic.

School visits

Some schools closed their doors to outside visitors, as part of Covid-19 protection. Zintathu was allowed into 2 schools to educate the pupils about hygiene and Covid-19, but also continued to teach about teenage pregnancy, drug and alcohol abuse. 

Sanitary towels

Zintathu and her sewing ladies managed to make 1800 reusable sanitary pads and distribute them to most needy young girls. We hope having secure protection will help the girls to stay in school and be able to learn continuously. Each pack has 10 sanitary pads inside.

Cataract surgery

We provide transport for Cataract patients who need to go from Canzibe Hospital to Zithulele hospital for operations. We only had one trip with 10 patients due to the pandemic. Slowly things get back to normal and we are planning the next trip in November.

Community Awareness

Zintathu invites the whole community to attend the community awareness events to get information about Covid-19 and HIV/Aids once a month. At the events she provides everyone with masks, takes their temperature, sanitizes the participants hands and practices social distancing by seating them 1.5m apart. Windows and Doors stay open or the event is held on the lawn.

We would like to thank every single one of you for your support through these difficult times.

Yours sincerely

 TransCape Team

School awareness day
School awareness day

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Covid awareness event before Lock down
Covid awareness event before Lock down

Health Counselling and COVID-19

 

Introduction

None of us could have predicted we would find ourselves living trough unprecedented times such as these. The blow to the rural areas and its health systems is severe and the lack of relief support from government is deeply concerning. TransCape NPO and the health counsellor have to adjust dramatically and find ways to navigate unchartered territory.

Covid-19 action

Just before the South African lock down was implemented, Zinathu was able to reach over 500 people and educated them about what the Corona virus is and how to best avoid and prevent the spread.

Large numbers of community members were reached through pamphlets in isiXhosa, word of mouth and Whats App groups. Zinathu also educated all community health care workers, HIV support group members and Home-Based Care staff about the Virus. This way the news went out rapidly and we are pleased with the level of education about Corona. A lot of fake news and myths about Covid-19 was smothered by our health team, as it is a new disease people come up with stories about magical medicines and cures.

Hygiene is a huge problem in the rural areas as the communal water taps are off and there is no clean water available in many areas. Zintahu gave out hundreds of soaps and demonstrated how you can effectively clean your hand with a two-liter Coke bottle, filled with water. We also gave out sanitizer and disinfectant spay to bus and taxi drivers to prevent the spread in public vehicles.

Social distancing plays a major role to prevent the spread of the virus. Zinathu and her health team stressed this point as we know that in the African culture distancing will be a major issue.

Over 600 masks were sewn by our local sewing ladies and distributed to the elderly and vulnerable. Zintathu also educated the people about the benefits of masks and how you can make your own, as the ready-made masks cost R20 each, which is expensive for most people.

Zinathu communicated with the patients on ARV’s about the travel restrictions as we feared that HIV affected people will default their treatment. Transport was shut down and it is extremely difficult to reach the clinics and hospitals to get the ARV treatment. Zinathu stressed the point that all patients are allowed to travel in order to get medicine and that the clinics have to see them. Contact details of the nearest health care workers were given out, in case of emergencies.

Way forward

The health team will continue to educate and spread news updates about Covid-19 and hopefully we will be able to get some personal protective gear for all frontline health workers.

Conclusion

We are facing scary times as we still have to peak. Zinathu and her team are facing the challenges with a brave heart and standing strong to fight against the virus. Without your contribution this would not be possible. TransCape and the health team would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support!

Yours Zinathu Luvalo

HIV/Aids Counselor

 

 

 

Educating Home Based Care staff
Educating Home Based Care staff
Making masks
Making masks
600 masks were made and distributed
600 masks were made and distributed
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TransCape NPO

Location: Ngqeleni - South Africa
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Zintathu Luvalo
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