Archive | Tuberculosis (TB)

Ekurhuleni partners with NGOs to reach HIV, TB targets

Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality hopes that by partnering with non-governmental organisations (NGOs), it can reach ambitious targets laid out in the country’s national HIV and tuberculosis (TB) plan.

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Life on the street comes home

Thandi* Maringa had returned home after three years of living on the streets. Although she was safely home, she could not outrun the consequences of life on the street that her family says ultimately killed her.

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Circular: Changes in the prescription of Implanon

This government circular issued on 16 October describes changes in recommended prescribing of the contraceptive implant Implanon that may affect women living with HIV, TB and epilepsy.

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Better data unearths more TB cases than previously thought

Better data has revealed more than half a million more tuberculosis (TB) cases than previously thought, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) report released yesterday (22 October).

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No reason to skip a dose

HIV and tuberculosis remain leading causes of death in South Africa. Now, Anova Health Institute’s Dr Khanyi Tshabalala responds to the top five reasons tuberculosis (TB) and HIV patients give for skipping their daily doses.

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Multinational pharmaceutical companies push back on new patent policy

As extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) patients beg for a new patent policy to allow them affordable treatment, multinational pharmaceutical companies have objected to some of the draft policy’s key tenets.

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New generation falls victim to “dop” system

Earlier this year, Sanna*, a 21-year-old farm worker in the Western Cape’s Rawsonville area tried to take her own life. New research unveils why.

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Voices from an epidemic

South Africa ranks among the world’s top 20 countries hit hardest by tuberculosis (TB), which remains a leading cause of death in the country. OurHealth talks to patients who have survived.

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Medicine availability improves after depot takeover

The North West Department of Health has credited a government takeover of the province’s only medical depot with helping stabilise drug supplies in the province.

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Medicines go missing in Mpumalanga

Vital medicines such as insulin for diabetics, children’s vaccines and HIV and tuberculosis treatment are running short in Mpumalanga, which has been plagued by medicine shortages for most of this year.

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