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There are hundreds of chronic conditions but some of the most common are:

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (lung disease)
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart failure

I have “sugar sickness”- what does that mean?

The most common chronic conditions in South Africa are diabetes, high blood pressure, HIV/AIDS and TB. Diabetes and high blood pressure are often found together. People have their own names for chronic diseases, like ‘sugar sickness’ for diabetes, ‘slim disease’ for HIV/AIDS, and ‘high bloods’ for high blood pressure. You may have heard other names too.

If you have a chronic condition, you need to be aware of adherence

What’s that?

Adherence (ad-heeruhns) : taking your chronic medication as prescribed by a doctor (called adherence) to keep your test results within the normal range for a year.

I don’t want to talk about it
For many people having a chronic condition can make them feel like they have lost a part of themselves, or that they are different. It is normal to feel that you will not have the life you dreamed of. This is not true! With the

  • Right medication,
  • A healthy lifestyle,
  • Care and support

you can live a long life, even if you have a chronic condition.

To help the millions of people who have these conditions to manage their health better, the government has introduced an innovative free-service called CCMDD (Central Chronic Medicines, Dispensing and Distribution) that allows you to collect your government-issued medication from convenient pick up points like Dis-Chem, Clicks, Pick n Pay and even spaza shops and churches.

How has COVID-19 complicated things? Click here.

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I have “sugar sickness”- what does that mean?

The most common chronic conditions in South Africa are diabetes, high blood pressure, HIV/AIDS and TB. Diabetes and high blood pressure are often found together. People have their own names for chronic diseases, like ‘sugar sickness’ for diabetes, ‘slim disease’ for HIV/AIDS, and ‘high bloods’ for high blood pressure. You may have heard other names too.

If you have a chronic condition, you need to be aware of adherence

What’s that?

Adherence (ad-heeruhns) : taking your chronic medication as prescribed by a doctor (called adherence) to keep your test results within the normal range for a year.

I don’t want to talk about it
For many people having a chronic condition can make them feel like they have lost a part of themselves, or that they are different. It is normal to feel that you will not have the life you dreamed of. This is not true! With the

  • Right medication,
  • A healthy lifestyle,
  • Care and support

you can live a long life, even if you have a chronic condition.

To help the millions of people who have these conditions to manage their health better, the government has introduced an innovative free-service called CCMDD (Central Chronic Medicines, Dispensing and Distribution) that allows you to collect your government-issued medication from convenient pick up points like Dis-Chem, Clicks, Pick n Pay and even spaza shops and churches.

How has COVID-19 complicated things? Click here.

With support from the U.S President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief through the National Department of Health.

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