Archive | Tuberculosis (TB)

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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North West doctors gear up for the NHI

The National Department of Health is partnering with districts to orientate private doctors looking to pick up extra hours at government health facilities.

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Report: Global Fund targets in South African prisons

Released by the TB non-profit the Aurum Institute, this document outlines organisations receiving international funding to address TB in prisons as well as goals and timelines.

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Boost for XDR-TB patients as cheaper pills allowed

The Medicines Control Council (MCC) has granted humanitarian group Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF) access to a cheaper drug to treat extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB).

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Documents: TB in South African Prisons

The following documents outline the use of the rapid GeneXpert TB test in prisons, HIV and TB interventions and describe the recently created task team.

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Drinking – and dying – in South Africa

South Africans consume about ten litres of alcohol per year, drinking nearly a third more than the world average. And when we drink, we drink a lot, say experts.

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Guidelines: Management of Drug-resistant Tuberculosis

Updated January 2013, these South African Department of Health guidelines describe the management of drug-resistant (DR), multidrug-resistant (MDR) and extensively drug-resisistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB).

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Minister does not join call for DR-TB emergency

Despite activists’ pleas, Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has not joined almost 800 health workers and experts in supporting the call to declare drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) a public health emergency.

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Tshepong Hospital brings man back from death’s door

Samuel Matebele thought his “days were over”, but six-months after completing tuberculosis (TB) treatment the former farm worker from Hartebeesfontein says he is feeling good again.

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