Covid-19: Lockdown, hunger and staying on HIV treatment

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Local healthcare worker and HIV activist Balindile Mbengani works with the community of Hammonds Farm in Verulam. Picture: Sandile Duma/Spotlight
Local healthcare worker and HIV activist Balindile Mbengani works with the community of Hammonds Farm in Verulam. Picture: Sandile Duma/Spotlight

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Concerns are mounting over people stopping or not starting tuberculosis and HIV treatment during South Africa’s Covid-19 lockdown. Nomfundo Xolo spoke to activists and people living with HIV and TB in Hammonds Farm in Verulam in KwaZulu-Natal about the challenges they face.

Even in normal times many unemployed and poor people living with HIV and tuberculosis (TB) in South Africa survive with the constant threat of hunger and illness hanging over their heads.

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