Right to Care is a non-profit organisation that supports and delivers prevention, care and treatment services for HIV and associated diseases.
Through technical assistance, Right to Care supports the National Department of Health (NDoH) and at a provincial level supports Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Western Cape and Free State. In addition, through direct service delivery, Right to Care treats patients for HIV, TB and sexually transmitted infections. Right to Care also screens for cervical cancer and treats early precursor lesions.
Support for clinical programmes is delivered through development of clinical best practices, research, training, mentoring, participation in technical committees, provision of facilities and equipment, and secondment of staff, among others.
Right to Care Health Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Right to Care, is a provider of health in the workplace solutions to clients, with over 100,000 employees spanning almost all industries and a wide geographical spread.
The provided solutions include workplace health solutions, workplace HIV management programmes, workplace health data management and workplace absenteeism programmes.
Clients of Right to Care Health Services include Alexander Forbes, BMW Housing for HIV, Investec, Lancet Laboratories, The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation, PG Bison, Telkom , Tongaat Hulett, Vodacom and Xstrata Alloys.
Contribution to eHealth in SA
HIV care and treatment
Right to Care’s Adult HIV and Paediatric HIV programmes supports the clinical care and treatment of individuals infected with HIV and associated diseases. Care and treatment is accessible through an integrated model that includes prevention, transition into care, treatment adherence and nurse initiated and managed ARV treatment (NIMART). Loss-to-follow-up is minimised using innovative approaches, such as automated text messages and patient transfers with electronic records.
In its first ten years of operation, Right to Care initiated over 230,000 patients on ARV therapy.
Right to Care’s TB programme provides integrated TB/HIV services for both drug-sensitive and drug-resistant TB. Components of Right to Care’s TB strategy include use of the ‘‘3 Is’’: Intensified case finding; INH Preventative Therapy (IPT); and Infection control in health facilities.
Right to Care has spearheaded the use of the Cepheid GeneXpert MDR TB Rif for rapid diagnosis of TB and of drug resistance.
The diagnosis and management of Multidrug and Extensively Drug-Resistant TB is supported, in particular at Sizwe Tropical Diseases Hospital, Johannesburg. On an on-going basis, Right to Care collaborates in TB research studies.
Pharmacy supply chain management
Right to Care’s pharmacy programme supports the DoH at national, provincial, district, and facility levels. Programme staff members play an important role in the development of pharmaceutical policy. Right to Care supports the Medicines Control Council for the registration of medicines and for the regulation of clinical trials. Right to Care supports the site-level implementation of computerised pharmacy dispensing and information management systems. This includes integration of clinical data systems and pharmacy management systems.
Right to Care has successfully piloted an automated drug dispensing unit at Themba Lethu Clinic. The fully automated unit has a robotic drug picker that picks medication in under 30 seconds. The benefits are considerable and numerous, including reduced patient waiting times, reduced pharmacist input, and the elimination of stock going out of date.
For more information visit: www.righttocare.org