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Proper support has transformed Mzukisi who now believes he will beat TB

Publication date: 
Sep 2020
Authored by Care Ministry, Nelson Mandela Bay Metro in the Eastern Cape that is supported by the USAID TB South Africa Project.


Mzukisi Wapi stays with his wife and their 20-year-old daughter in an RDP house in the catchment area of Govan Mbeki in Sub-District C of the Nelson Mandela Bay Health District. He used to be the main bread winner for the family but was forced to stop working due to ill health. During the initial Social Workers baseline assessment, he was very emotional and tearful from the stress and anxiety caused by his illness and the economic hardship that it had brought to the household. He felt incredibly hopeless and had become dependent on the charity of community members to help them to eat.

The Community Health Worker visited daily to encourage him to have hope in his recovery and adhere well to his treatment. At the same time extensive therapeutic interventions were offered by the Social Worker. The Nursing Supervisor referred him to the health facility for nutritional support and the patient was also able to receive small food parcels donated to Care Ministry throughout the COVID-19 crisis. The Social Worker assisted Mzukisi with his application for a disability grant and also encouraged the family to start a vegetable garden.

The entire team has witnessed a transformation in Mzukisi who is now optimistic of beating TB and being able to return to work in the future.


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