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They're not only good for workers' health, they're good for business too.
Thousands of migrant workers flock to Mpumalanga each year from within South Africa as well as neighbouring countries, such as Mozambique, in search of work on the province’s farms and mines. When you’re far from home with little social support and moving between places — and clinics — staying on HIV treatment can be hard.
To make it easier for migrant workers living with HIV to stick to their antiretrovirals, the Hlokomela Training Trust has set up clinics on Mpumalanga farms. Their patients are now doing so well on HIV treatment that in 86% of people the trust treats, the consistent use of antiretroviral medication has the level of HIV in their bodies so low that it’s scientifically impossible for them to transmit the virus to others.
Only 34% of HIV patients in Mpumalanga’s public health system can say the same, a 2017 paper in the Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine found.
Take a tour of Hlokomela Training Trust’s farm clinics.
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