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UCT develops two-hour TB meningitis diagnostic test
UCT develops two-hour TB meningitis diagnostic test

A new rapid test that is able to diagnose TB meningitis - a major cause of death in Southern Africa - within two hours is currently undergoing validation to enter the global market...

12 Jul 2018

Professor Keertan Dheda, UCT director of the lung infection and immunity unit. Photo: UCT
New UCT unit to tackle origins of antimicrobial resistance

If the issues of antimicrobial resistance and multidrug-resistant pathogens are not addressed, we will head into a post-antibiotic era analogous to the 18th and 19th centuries...

4 Jul 2018

Precious Matsoso, director-general: Department of Health
Brics countries join hands to fight TB

The third Brazil Russia India China South Africa (Brics) TB Research Network has set its sights on joining hands to combat tuberculosis among the member countries...

2 Jul 2018

New partnership to boost drug discovery for malaria, TB and more in Africa
New partnership to boost drug discovery for malaria, TB and more in Africa

A new international partnership has committed funding for the discovery of new drugs for diseases endemic to Africa over the next two years...

29 Jun 2018

Brics countries must step up on healthcare
Brics countries must step up on healthcare

Because they carry the greatest burden of disease, developing countries need to make their voices heard in global health organisations...

20 Jun 2018

Bedaquiline roll-out to drastically change TB treatment
Bedaquiline roll-out to drastically change TB treatment

Patients with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) will now be able to receive life changing treatment as the Department of Health begins its roll-out of Bedaquiline...

19 Jun 2018

Deputy President, David Mabuza
Health revolution in the hands of youth

South African youth must take up the torch in health matters and lead awareness campaigns when it comes to the prevention of tuberculosis (TB) and Aids-related deaths...

13 Jun 2018

A woman with her treatment regime for extensively drug-resistant TB in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. MSF
The remarkable story of hope: how attitudes to drug-resistant TB changed

The informal settlement of Khayelitsha in Cape Town is the latest site of a multi country trial that aims to transform the treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB).

By Eric Goemaere 31 May 2018

Deputy President, David Mabuza. Photo: The Lowvelder
Government's HIV partnerships are gathering momentum

The collaborative approach the government is taking in its fight against HIV/Aids and tuberculosis (TB) is yielding results...

30 May 2018

Professor Ian Sanne, head and principal investigator at the Clinical HIV Research Unit (CHRU)
SA leads the way in Aids research and treatment

South Africa's contribution to the research and treatment of HIV/Aids is significant...

22 May 2018

We've come up with a TB test that's cheaper, quicker and more accurate
We've come up with a TB test that's cheaper, quicker and more accurate

Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease that kills more people due to a bacterial infection than any other disease in the world.

By Bavesh Kana 9 May 2018

Professor Kelly Chibale
Local scientist makes it onto Fortune's World's Greatest Leaders list

The founder and director of Africa's first integrated drug discovery centre, Professor Kelly Chibale, has been named as one of Fortune magazine's World's Greatest Leaders for 2018...

By Kim Cloete 24 Apr 2018

Study: New vaccine strategy for HIV-exposed babies
Study: New vaccine strategy for HIV-exposed babies

In South Africa, tuberculosis (TB) surpasses HIV as the leading fatal infectious disease...

18 Apr 2018

Putting TB on the political agenda
Putting TB on the political agenda

It's been more than 100 years since Dr Robert Koch discovered the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB), yet it continues to be the top infectious killer in the world today, claiming over 4,500 lives daily.

11 Apr 2018

SU involved in developing predictive TB blood test
SU involved in developing predictive TB blood test

A new blood test that can predict tuberculosis (TB) up to two years before its onset in people at high risk of developing the disease has a South African connection...

6 Apr 2018

Study: Antibiotic resistance is growing in low- and middle-income countries
Study: Antibiotic resistance is growing in low- and middle-income countries

Although the threat of antibiotic resistance is well-documented, global use has increased by 39% between 2000 and 2015, especially in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) including South Africa...

28 Mar 2018

Cipla's novel solution to prevent TB in people living with HIV/AIDS
Cipla's novel solution to prevent TB in people living with HIV/AIDS

With tuberculosis (TB) estimated to infect around 781 out of every 100,000 South Africans, people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) are currently at the highest risk of both contracting and dying of this condition...

Issued by Cipla 23 Mar 2018

#WorldTBDay: Rise in drug-resistant TB
#WorldTBDay: Rise in drug-resistant TB

While the incidence of drug-susceptible (DS-TB), which is treated with the antibiotics rifampicin and isoniazid, has marginally declined in the past decade, there has been a marked increase in drug-resistant TB (DR-TB).

22 Mar 2018

Shaping the future of African healthcare: Finalists for DHCT Accelerator Programme announced
Shaping the future of African healthcare: Finalists for DHCT Accelerator Programme announced

Digital Health Cape Town has announced the finalists for its inaugural accelerator programme designed to foster local e-health innovation...

22 Jan 2018

Dr Anneke van der Spoel van Dijk is invested in contributing to the global effort of stopping TB by 2035. Photo: Charl Devenish
Tackling drug-resistant TB through molecular methods

Rapid molecular techniques are the tools Dr Anneke van der Spoel van Dijk uses to investigate the spread of TB in the Free State population...

15 Jan 2018

Mike Gerhardt via
Campaign set to make taxi industry healthier

The PHILA Taxi Industry Campaign was launched on 27 November 2017 in an effort to strengthen the delivery of health and wellness services in the taxi industry...

24 Nov 2017

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Organisations join forces, launches roadmap to combat zoonotic TB

"Preventing and controlling bovine TB at its animal source is crucial to avoid its transmission to humans, improve food safety and protect the livelihood of many rural communities."

13 Oct 2017

Engen health screenings continue through #TransportMonth
Engen health screenings continue through #TransportMonth

In celebration of Transport Month, Engen Petroleum is continuing on its annual Driver Wellness programme, offering free health screenings for truck drivers at two Engen Truck Stops in Gauteng...

10 Oct 2017

Is SA's healthcare getting better?
Is SA's healthcare getting better?

Insight Survey's latest South African Healthcare Industry Landscape Report 2017 provides a holistic understanding of the healthcare landscape in South Africa based on the latest information and research...

Issued by Insight Survey 28 Aug 2017

Makatleho Selibo is the widow of Mahola Selibo who worked as a team leader at President Steyn mine in Welkom. He worked underground for 33 years. He passed away in 2013 and suffered from tuberculosis and silicosis. He did not receive any compensation from the mines. Photo: Thom Pierce
End in sight for silicosis case?

Anglo American and Gold Fields may settle with miners and their families...

By Pete Lewis/GroundUp 15 Aug 2017

Legal barriers to fast tracking HIV/TB response in Africa
Legal barriers to fast tracking HIV/TB response in Africa

Progress on the Global Commission on HIV and the Law recommendations was discussed at the second Africa Regional Dialogue...

4 Aug 2017

Study: Mutant protein affects TB treatment time
Study: Mutant protein affects TB treatment time

Blocking a single protein, which appears responsible for the ineffectiveness of antibiotics against some tuberculosis-causing bacteria, may help shorten treatment time for the disease...

13 Jul 2017

Larissa Klazinga, regional policy and advocacy manager for AHF Southern Africa
SA needs to do more to curb drug-resistant TB strains

TB accounted for more than 33,000 deaths in South Africa in 2015, and averaged over 7% of all deaths from 2013 to 2015.

24 Mar 2017

Professor Graeme Meintjes
TB urine test gives quicker results in HIV patients

An inexpensive urine test provided more TB diagnoses among hospitalised HIV patients than rapid sputum-based tests...

24 Mar 2017

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Animal studies give a clearer picture of TB

Studying TB in animals provides valuable insight to the biological mechanisms causing the disease in both wildlife and humans.

24 Mar 2017

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