Virus fears keep HIV, TB patients from medication

18 May 2020

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.