“Taking ARVs on an empty stomach gives you cramps & when you walk you fall. That is why I default”

Poverty can also make it hard to stay on treatment. Food parcels are a key component of psychosocial support, yet only 11% of people report being able to access them. 

This is one of ten issues raised in our new Ritshidze State of Health for North West report launched today. Watch the videos below to see how if you have no food, and no access to food parcels, it makes it very hard to stay on treatment.



“Ritshidze” — meaning “Saving Our Lives” in TshiVenda — has been developed by people living with HIV and activists to hold the South African government and aid agencies accountable to improve overall HIV and TB service delivery.

Partner organisations include the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), the National Association of People Living with HIV (NAPWA), Positive Action Campaign, Positive Women’s Network (PWN) and the South African Network of Religious Leaders Living with and affected by HIV/AIDS (SANERELA+)—in alliance with Health Global Access Project (Health GAP), the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), and Georgetown University’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law.

CLICK HERE to read more and see where we work.