World TB Day


2010 - On World TB Day 2010, SATVI, in collaboration with the Department of Health and the local branch of national NGO, Lovelife, participated in a pamphlet drive during peak hour traffic. They also joined in a local school march to a community clinic to raise TB awareness amongst patients. This was followed by a visit to the children’s ward at the local TB hospital to cheer them up. ‘Over the top’ clothing and headgear, tattoos and t-shirts were worn to draw the public’s attention.


2009 - The focus for World TB Day 2009 was on healthy lifestyles, with an emphasis on fresh air and preventing the spread of TB germs. In collaboration with the Community Advisory Board, we organised a 5km fun run relay for schools in the area. A team from SATVI competed against 15 high schools to ‘beat TB’. Over the Easter weekend, 22 SATVI staff members raised TB awareness by running in Two Oceans Marathon races in Cape Town, one of the biggest marathons in the world. They completed the 21km, 5km, and 2, 5km races. Beat TB t-shirts and tattoos were worn to spread the message.


2008 - In conjunction with the Department of Health, SATVI conducted TB awareness programmes at two high schools, one Xhosa - the other Afrikaans-speaking, involving play, rap, and TB quiz, on the provincial Department of Health’s theme ‘cough etiquette’.

Posters were displayed. This was in line with the theme ‘Stories from the field’, as part of the international focus of the StopTB Partnership, in which 4 of SATVI’s staff members were featured.

‘Stories from the field’

Prichard Daniels

Sunelza Swartz

Frances Ratangee

Lebohang Makhethe