Manning up to the epidemic

The Philandoda clinic was once a storage container and is now a healthcare centre, which offers testing and treatment for HIV and other STIs. (Paul Botes/M&G)

The Philandoda clinic was once a storage container and is now a healthcare centre, which offers testing and treatment for HIV and other STIs. (Paul Botes/M&G)

The Philandoda clinic run by medical humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is tucked away in a discreet corner of Eshowe’s busy taxi rank.

Every week, about 20 men walk through the doors of a container-cum-health centre. Many are taxi drivers and travellers, including men in transit to far-flung places such as Durban and Johannesburg. But it wasn’t always like this when the clinic first opened in July.
In those first days, community health workers Bongani Thethwayo and Nkosinathi Mpungose were lucky if one man a week walked in through the doors.

That’s when the duo took matters into their own hands. 

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Kiri Rupiah

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