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Two women vs ‘big pharma’ to fight TB

February 13, 2019
News  

One hails from Mumbai and the other from Khayelitsha but the pair has teamed up after surviving the planet’s deadliest infectious disease; tuberculosis (TB). Toxic treatment robbed both women of their hearing and a newer, safer, drug is unaffordable leaving many people with the choice between deafness or death.

Despite side-effects, docs promote old TB treatment

November 20, 2018
Opinion & Commentary  

At a recent international TB conference, some doctors suggested countries with weak health systems should not be allowed to use new TB drugs, although the old ones are ineffectual and cause deafness. Thankfully, South Africa is leading the world in treating drug-resistant TB.

Bedaquiline price protests hit World Lung Conference launch

October 25, 2018
News  

THE HAGUE – As the opening ceremony of the 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health kicked off in the Netherlands last night, protesting activists demanded Johnson & Johnson (J&J) slash its price for the blockbuster tuberculosis (TB) drug, bedaquiline.

‘You can’t fight TB if you don’t show up’

September 26, 2018
News  

Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa account for half of the world’s tuberculosis cases, but only South Africa’s president will attend today’s (September 26th) first United Nations high-level meeting on TB.

SA’s ‘remarkable leadership’ could turn global tide against TB

September 21, 2018
News  

In the run-up to the first-ever United Nations high-level meeting (HLM) on tuberculosis (TB) next week, the global health community has praised South Africa for its role in tackling the world’s deadliest infectious disease.

Call for urgent action against world’s deadliest infectious disease

September 19, 2018
News  

TB remains the world’s deadliest infectious disease, according to a new report.

Hope for strong world declaration on deadly TB

August 23, 2018
News  

Last week the World Health Organsiation (WHO) changed its treatment recommendations for the deadliest form of TB, drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB), following South Africa’s bold decision.