Surveys by the healthcare organisation Right to Care and the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) show declines of about 50% in medication collection during lockdown. Usually, of the 380 000 patients Right to Care surveys at its Mpumalanga and Free State project sites, over 90% keep their appointments.
The lockdown could lead to people becoming resistant to HIV medication, and in the long-term developing complications.
Meanwhile, pharmacies and technology researchers are looking for better access options, from online orders to smart lockers. Right ePharmacy, with the Council for Scientific & Industrial Research, has launched the Collect & Go locker system in 69 sites in Mpumalanga, the Free State and Gauteng. The lockers are designed to alert healthcare workers when people have not collected their medication.[BACK TO NEWS]