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Country assessments completed

The Global Fund has awarded a 30 Million US$ grant to 10 of the SADC member states (namely Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe) in order to improve the application of and adherence to occupational health and safety standards and transform and scale up TB interventions in the Southern African mining sector.

Health Focus, being a sub-recipient of the above Global Fund grant, has completed an occupational health and mine safety legislative review in the ten countries.

Health Focus´ core team conducted country visits including stakeholder interviews and mine visits. While large mines generally provide state of the art occupational health and primary health care services to their workforces, medium and particularly small-scale mines struggle to cover the health needs of their employees. Particularly artisanal small-scale mineworkers are left out of any kind of occupational health screening and have limited access to health services.