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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

SA scores new medicine worth millions – for free
SA scores new medicine worth millions – for free

A deal brokered with the health department guarantees free access to a new TB drug, but for how long?

By JOAN VAN DYK 15 Mar 2017

World Bank project gets stuck into occupation-related TB
World Bank project gets stuck into occupation-related TB

An initiative to heighten access to TB-related services and information among affected mining communities is currently being undertaken by the World Bank...

12 Oct 2016

Treatment doe not kill TB completely
Treatment doe not kill TB completely

A new study has found evidence that the bacteria causing TB can still be found in the lungs after treatment...

16 Sep 2016

New unit makes TB treatment safer for children
New unit makes TB treatment safer for children

A new research unit geared towards making TB drugs safe and accessible for children recently opened its doors at the Brooklyn Chest Hospital...

14 Jul 2016

Prisons benefit from mobile TB testing
Prisons benefit from mobile TB testing

South Africa has the third highest TB rate in the world, and the prevalence in prisons has been estimated as three to seven times higher...

11 Jul 2016

SU scientists develop a TB rapid screening test
SU scientists develop a TB rapid screening test

A point-of-care rapid diagnostic test for TB has been developed by a multinational team of scientists led by researchers at Stellenbosch University...

16 May 2016

#TBDay: Exercise essential, but with care
#TBDay: Exercise essential, but with care

TB is one of the most difficult diseases to treat successfully, and patients' rehabilitation can be a long, complex process involving medication, diet and exercise...

24 Mar 2016

#TBDay: Pharmacists join the TB fight
#TBDay: Pharmacists join the TB fight

Pharmacists are preparing the roll-out of out a joint TB screening and treatment initiative as part of the USAID TB Care II programme...

24 Mar 2016

#TBDay: Kruger lions threatened by TB
#TBDay: Kruger lions threatened by TB

Humans are not the only species affected by tuberculosis (TB) - two of South Africa's popular 'Big Five' are also threatened by the disease...

24 Mar 2016

#TBDay: Keeping TB on the nation's health radar
#TBDay: Keeping TB on the nation's health radar

TB remains the number two killer disease worldwide...

24 Mar 2016

New campaign launches for TB month, with free tune, video
New campaign launches for TB month, with free tune, video

TB awareness month is honoured throughout March and this year sees the launch of the new campaign 'Haybo Wena! (Hey You!) Use Your Elbow'...

29 Feb 2016

Southern Africa's retrenched miners face a future without health care
Southern Africa's retrenched miners face a future without health care

Two of the world's mining heavyweights have announced production cuts and staff cutbacks...

By Liesl Page-Shipp 8 Feb 2016

Blocking TB vitamin production may be key to treatment
Blocking TB vitamin production may be key to treatment

According to a study done at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) at Stellenbosch University (SU), preventing the tuberculosis bacterium from producing its own vitamin could be key in the battle against the disease...

28 Jan 2016

Winning entrepreneur to set up mobile X-ray service
Winning entrepreneur to set up mobile X-ray service

Budding entrepreneur, Lebohang Selloane has been named the winner of the 2015 Business Partners /SME Toolkit Global Entrepreneurship Week's Business Plan Competition for Aspiring Young Entrepreneurs...

18 Nov 2015

Better reporting may lead to advances in managing TB in children
Better reporting may lead to advances in managing TB in children

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released its 2015 Global TB Report, revealing a million cases of TB among children worldwide, with 140,000 children dying from tuberculosis in 2014...

5 Nov 2015

[#WomenInBiz] Physician heal thyself, Q&A with Dr Dalene von Delft
[#WomenInBiz] Physician heal thyself, Q&A with Dr Dalene von Delft

When Dalene von Delft started working as a doctor, she knew there were risks. But what she didn't bargain for was contracting a life-threatening disease...

By Nicci Botha 17 Aug 2015

China-Africa Health Collaboration focused on universal health coverage
China-Africa Health Collaboration focused on universal health coverage

The 5th International Roundtable on China-Africa Health Collaboration last week in Beijing explored how Chinese and African resources and experiences can be leveraged for greater health development...

30 Mar 2015

A day to test for TB and treat all
A day to test for TB and treat all

Although practicing good personal hygiene and incorporating lifestyle changes can help limit the spread of tuberculosis (TB), beating the disease starts with recognising and acting on the symptoms...

23 Mar 2015

TB or no TB, new treatment for drug resistant strain
TB or no TB, new treatment for drug resistant strain

South Africa is one of three countries (together with India and Ukraine) with the largest increase in multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB), and with a treatment success rate of only 48% (according to a 2014 World Health Global TB report)...

27 Feb 2015

Call for mines to invest in African health systems
Call for mines to invest in African health systems

Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has called for mining houses to invest in centres for disease control to help fight Tuberculosis and Ebola in African regions where they mine...

10 Feb 2015

Approval by MCC of new TB drug welcomed
Approval by MCC of new TB drug welcomed

Approximately 3,000 South African patients who suffer from multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) will now be able to receive SIRTURO (bedaquiline) in the next year, following approval by South Africa's Medicines Control Council (MCC).

23 Oct 2014

MH17 crash impacts World Aids Conference, HOPE expresses concern
MH17 crash impacts World Aids Conference, HOPE expresses concern

Over 100 passengers were delegates heading to Melbourne for the World Aids Conference.

18 Jul 2014

New consortium to coordinate TB vaccine
New consortium to coordinate TB vaccine

Aeras, a global non-profit biotech seeking a new TB vaccine, has provided seed funding for the formation of a consortium that will advocate for, design and implement an effective TB vaccine research strategy for South Africa, which has the world's highest TB incidence.

10 Jun 2014

Reducing TB in HIV patients through two-pronged approach
Reducing TB in HIV patients through two-pronged approach

A study, published in The Lancet in May 2014, by researchers of the University of Cape Town, indicates that a two-pronged treatment can safely reduce TB incidence among people with HIV.

9 Jun 2014

Minister meets NHLS to discuss new funding model
Minister meets NHLS to discuss new funding model

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has held an urgent meeting with the board of the National Health Laboratory Services to ensure that services rendered by the lab continue.

28 Mar 2014

World TB Day aims for zero deaths worldwide
World TB Day aims for zero deaths worldwide

World Tuberculosis Day, celebrated on 24 March 2014, this year aims to reach all those who are not receiving the proper treatment and care, and to attain the goal of zero TB deaths worldwide, with its theme, 'A TB test, treatment and cure for all'.

14 Mar 2014

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