Archive | Tuberculosis (TB)

Childhood TB cases spark calls for wider screening

One new mother’s good deed may have exposed her seven-month-old baby to tuberculosis (TB).

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Report: Joint review of HIV, TB & PMTCT programmes in South Africa

Released in Johannesburg in early April, this is the first such review of its kind in a high burden African country, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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ARV programme saves 780 000 lives

South Africa’s HIV antiretroviral (ARV) treatment programme saved 780 000 lives between 2003 and 2012, according to a recently released independent review.

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Documents: SADC on TB integration, cross-border referrals

Released at a March regional meeting on tuberculosis (TB) in southern Africa’s mines, these documents cover TB treatment harmonization, compensation and the economic benefits of regular TB screening of mining communities.

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Family intervention saves MDR-TB patient

When drinking came between one Mpumalanga man and his tuberculosis (TB) treatment, his family stepped in. Now, he says, he has learned the importance of taking his treatment daily.

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South Africa to move to earlier HIV treatment

It is not a matter of if South Africa will move to earlier HIV treatment, but when, says Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi.

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National Treasury could be called in to fund NHLS directly

The National Treasury could be asked to fund the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) directly after provinces fail to pay up in what activists have described as a long-standing problem.

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Miners, families live between death and hope

South Africa’s first class action silicosis suit could win compensation for hundreds of thousands of miners and widows – and prepare the way for a class action suit against the mines for tuberculosis.

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SADC to harmonise TB treatment, cross-border referrals

Southern African countries intend to harmonise tuberculosis (TB) treatment and create cross-border patient databases and referral systems to deal with the TB raging in the region’s mines.

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Poor treatment boosts XDR-TB in SA

South Africa’s multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) treatment regimen may be fuelling the rise of MDR-TB as a recent study suggests that many patients are already resistant to at least three of its standard drugs.

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