[LISTEN] local doctor creates online hospital for HIV/AID's related issues

Dr Sindisiwe van Zyl is a medical doctor that has a particular interest in the Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT). She uses social media and digital technology to share health-related questions and knowledge. Her passion to help create an HIV-free generation by empowering her patients makes her a South African Doing Great Things.

I was doing my internship at Bara and after my community service, I was head hunted to work on a HIV programme for mothers who were pregnant and living with HIV says Dr van Zyl.

All the different despairs that I saw at Bara really had an effect on me.

Dr Sindisiwe van Zyl, medical doctor

Dr van Zyl says that South Africa has one of the best HIV programmes in the world, and great strides have been made in terms of how far we've come. She adds that they don’t have everyone on treatment, but they're working on it and getting somewhere.

A lot of people aren’t aware of the fact that they are living with HIV and I’m primarily talking about males.

Dr Sindisiwe van Zyl, medical doctor

Women access healthcare more often than men says Dr van Zyl. A lot of men do proxy testing, this involves guessing their status by assessing their partner she adds. If their partner is breastfeeding, then some men think they’re fine and feel that they don’t need to get tested says van Zyl.

If you’re alive, and you’re sexually active you need to know your status.

Dr Sindisiwe van Zyl, medical doctor

To hear more on how she uses Twitter as on online hospital, click on the audio below...


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