Secure The Future – South Africa -Northern Cape

Lead by the Bristol-Myers Squib Foundation, the SECURE THE FUTURE® initiative works with their partners in Africa to provide care and support for communities affected by HIV. 

Located in the North West part of South Africa, the Northern Cape Province has a population of 1.15 million inhabitants sparsely distributed over five districts and is one of the country’s poorest regions. Kimberley is the provincial capital and is within the Francis Baard District, which has a population of 387,741 people across 12, 836 km2 and a population density of 30.2 / km2. A third of the people live below the poverty line and one in ten people is illiterate.

Kuruman is a large town surrounded by asbestos mines and lies within the John Taolo Gaetsewe (JTG) District. JTG has a population of 242,264 people spanning 27,322 km2 and has a population density of 8.9 people / km2. A third of the population lives below the poverty line with as many being illiterate. More than half the province’s population lives in these two districts. Kimberley Hospital Complex (KHC) is the only facility in the Northern Cape Province with the ability to diagnose and treat lung cancer. 

Kuruman Hospital is the local referral hospital for the JTG District (260km /2.5hrs from Kimberley). It has a satellite Oncology Department which is run by an Oncology trained registered nurse. It is a two roomed unit (one room for drug storage and mixing and another room for patient consultation). Due to lack of space, patients have to receive their chemotherapy in the passage/hall way.

All suspected lung cancer cases receiving care at the five district public hospitals in the Province or in the KHC specialty departments, are referred to KHC Oncology Department. The department receives and manages cases of mesothelioma and other lung cancers as well as breast, cervical, prostate and colon cancer. Currently, about 45 new lung cancer patients (13 new mesothelioma and 32 other lung cancer patients) per month are initiated on treatment.

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