A large chunk of our reporting focuses on HIV. Since the launch of Bhekisisa in 2013, we’ve covered HIV in-depth — from the impact of the virus on former president Nelson Mandela’s family to the advances in antiretroviral treatment and anti-HIV pills and injections. We’ve also looked at the impact of inequality and discrimination on the spread of HIV, the link between gender-based violence and HIV — and ways to fix it.
In KwaZulu-Natal, people living with HIV were doubly affected by the April floods in 2022, which left 448 people dead.
They lost their belongings like ID documents and medication which meant they couldn’t collect their treatment from clinics.
Research from Namibia shows that healthcare workers can prepare HIV-positive people for floods by handing out medication in advance when it looks like a flood is about to start, and moving them to clinics closer to their homes.