18 March 2016 Program to fight TB dropout rates delivers fruits

17 Mar 2016 - 21:00

On Tuesday 15 March 2016, the Empilisweni Clinic in  Zwelethemba, Worcester marked the first group of TB patients who have successfully completed the “Empi T-Bucks” program, an incentive program to encourage TB patients to complete their TB treatment.Staff started initially by providing sandwiches out of their own pockets, but later obtained support from a local dentist Dr Moore who provides the ingredients for sandwiches weekly.

From left to right:  Mr Willem Olivier (Provincial Health); Mr James Kruger (Provincial Health; Ms Thabisa Mvandaba (TB patient) and
Mev Marwou de Kock (SATVI).

How does the T-Bucks Project work?

According Theresa Sizani, a TB patient at Empilisweni Clinic, who completed her treatment which took six (6) months after TB had been diagnosed on the brain “The T Bucks Program helped me to complete my treatment”. Participants are awarded points for every milestone they attain, for example visiting a clinic, attending a counselling session, attaining sputum conversion, and they can redeem their points for groceries.

TB Awareness
In preparation for World TB Day which falls on 24 March annually, the staff and patients from Emplisweni clinic organised a march through the streets of Zwelethemba to raise awareness about TB.

TB Awarenessraising march through Zwelethemba on Tuesday 15 March 2016.

Photos: Kelvin Vollenhoven