CCMDD stands for Central Chronic Medicines Dispensing and Distribution and is the National Department of Health’s programme which dispenses and distributes medicine from a central point to patients with a chronic condition who are stable on their medication.
Yes, HIV is now considered a chronic condition, as HIV-positive people can live long and healthy lives if they take their antiretroviral drugs every day as prescribed by their doctor.

Over 30 conditions are covered on CCMDD, including: arthritis, asthma, cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (CPOD − lung disease), diabetes, epilepsy, heart failure, hypertension (high blood pressure), HIV, kidney disease, clinical depression, migraines, stomach ulcers, and tuberculosis (TB). Medication for contraception is also available. For the full list of chronic conditions covered by CCMDD, click here.

All chronic conditions treatable at a Department of Health Primary Health Care facility are included.