Archive | Tuberculosis (TB)

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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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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