18 August 2017

HIV patient finally gets life-saving ARVs

A single father from the East Rand is now able to access medication and other services after his plight was highlighted in a Health-e News article in May.


An HIV positive single father from Duduza, who was getting sicker because he was too weak to fetch his medication from the clinic, is getting better thanks to the intervention of social services.

Emmanuel Sibisi (36) from Duduza, in Ekurhuleni says he is extremely grateful for the help he and his 11-year-old son have received after Health-e News wrote about their desperate plight in May.

Social workers helped a lot

"I’m now very happy and getting better every day. The social workers contacted me last month. We arranged for an appointment because they wanted to come to check my house," he said, explaining how the authorities stepped in to see what they could do for him.

Sibisi was diagnosed with HIV and tuberculosis in 2011, soon after his wife died. Earlier this year he fell sick after defaulting on his medication and was struggling to fetch his treatment because he was not well enough to get to his local clinic.

But social workers and members of the local Treatment Action Campaign stepped in to help the father and son.

Food parcels

"The social workers helped a lot. They have registered me for a social grant. I feel very relieved because they have also organised someone from the clinic to bring my treatment to me at home," Sibisi said.

Sibisi’s friend Asanda Molefe (33) said "I’m very happy for my neighbour because their situation was very sad since he had to walk a very long way to the clinic for his treatment.”

“Part of our job is to make sure that he does get his the social grant. This was not the last visit to this family, because we are still organising to bring them food parcels," said Ntshapo Mbonambi a social worker from the Emmaus Centre in Duduza.  – Health-e News.

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Dr Sindisiwe van Zyl qualified at the University of Pretoria in 2005. She is a patients' rights activist and loves using social media to teach about HIV. She is in private practice in Johannesburg.

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