Archive | Tuberculosis (TB)

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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NHI pilot district “shows signs of collapse”

The Mpumalanga Department of Health is crumbling as the province struggles with deadly shortages of equipment, medicine and staff.

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Drug-resistant TB patients lost in the system

Mpumalanga patients with drug-resistant TB say health workers at specialist TB hospitals in Standerton and Barberton keep them in the dark about their diagnosis and treatment.

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Report: S. African National AIDS Council Annual Performance Plan 2014/15

The South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) outlines its plan for the next three years in this 48-page performance plan.

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Early treatment credited with curing baby of TB

Earlier this year, OurHealth brought you the story of 7-month-old Kgaogelo who had been diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB). Now, her mother credits early treatment for saving the baby’s life.

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Everyday is Mandela Day

With a name like “Nurse,” Nurse Simelane seems destined to make a difference in the lives of others. OurHealth spoke to Simelane and her patients about what home-based care means for them.

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AIDS still extracting a deadly price, but SA is making progress

South Africa has more AIDS-related deaths than any country in the world, but deaths of young children have decreased more than ten-fold in the past decade and tuberculosis (TB) deaths have decreased by 6 percent.

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Better, shorter TB treatment – thanks to SA scientists

South African scientists may be en route to developing shorter, better tuberculosis (TB) treatment, according to research released at the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

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