South Africa’s public health system continues to face many challenges, including TB, HIV/AIds, poor maternal health, adequate immunisation coverage, shortage of resources and infrastructure backlogs.

In an effort to strengthen the country’s public healthcare system, funding is provided to meet the most urgent needs.

These include: the training of medical specialists, placement of doctors in rural hospitals, building of community clinics, providing medical services by air to remote locations and extensive provision of primary healthcare to rural communities.

The hospice ethos – the sick and dying deserve high-quality palliative care and the treatment of clinical, social, ethical and spiritual symptoms – is flourishing in South Africa. On implementation in this country in 2006, South Africa became one of only 35 countries offering its citizens comprehensive hospice and palliative care. Support provided by Tshikululu’s clients for this valued service is the highest among the country’s private sector contributors.