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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: openDemocracy by Kerry Cullinan.]

Health workers are worried that the focus on coronavirus will result in more deaths from the country’s usual killers – TB, HIV and diabetes.

Thousands of people in South Africa are avoiding health facilities, shunning life-saving treatment, out of fear of being infected by coronavirus and being harassed by police.

Even mobile clinics that provide HIV, TB and contraceptive services report a huge drop in clients – possibly because all health services are now being associated with the COVID-19 response.

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South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
4.1% y/y in March 2020 (CPI) & +4.5 y/y in February 2020 (PPI)
-1.4% q/q (4th quarter of 2019)
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