A short video showing the care and love offered by the Grahamstown Hospice to people in need of end of life care.
This short video speaks to the work of Grahamstown Hospice providing end of life care for those where a cure is no longer a reality and the twinning with Haven Hospice in the US.
Scenes from a friday night at the trauma unit of the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital in Soweto in 1993. The hospital is the only hospital in South Africa’s largest township and the biggest hospital in the world sprawling over 173 acres, 429 buildings and 10km of corridor. The hospital has about 3,000 beds to serve a population of about four million.
During my time working as a photographer in sub-Saharan Africa, a recurring theme has been the documentation of HIV/AIDS. Initially much of this work told the stories of the virus’ devastation in communities and it’s effects on their societies. Many of these stories told of the challenges of accepting one’s HIV-positive status and the implications of denial.
In Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, the Chelstone Clinic provides vital programmes to treat HIV-positive pregnant women and to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT). HIV-positive infants diagnosed and treated within the first 12 weeks of life are 75% less likely to die. However, many infants do not receive PMTCT services because their caretakers lack access to properly equipped facilities or fear the stigma associated with HIV. For PMTCT measures to be effective, infants must adhere to a long-term, structured course of tests and services, difficult for many caretakers. This essay tells the story of Tasila Lungu and her son, Felix, through the first 18 months of his life until his HIV status is confirmed.
Poor access to safe water supply and sanitation in Zambia’s rural areas is a major contributing factor to poverty. The relatively high incidence of water and sanitation related diseases, particularly diarrhoea, results in high health costs to individuals and communities.