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Drug-resistant TB hard to root out

March 24, 2019
Tuberculosis (TB)  

WORLD TB DAY: Although South Africa has the highest per capita burden of drug-resistant TB in the world, there are many barriers to addressing this – as one patient found out when it took doctors two years to diagnose him.

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.

Poo testing the new breakthrough in child TB

October 26, 2018
News  

A much simpler test to detect tuberculosis (TB) in children, using a stool sample instead of sputum, could save thousands of lives.

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.

New TB vaccine in sight

October 24, 2018
News  

THE HAGUE – It took 100 years but a new vaccine for the world’s top infectious disease killer, tuberculosis (TB), is in sight.

Historic UN TB declaration ‘falls short’ say activists

September 27, 2018
News  

Civil society groups have criticised the United Nations declaration on tuberculosis (TB) ratified yesterday (26 Sept) saying it ‘falls short’ on critical issues in the fight against the world’s top infectious killer.

Calls for action at historic TB meeting

September 26, 2018
News  

President Cyril Ramaphosa will join other world leaders today (September 26th) to decide on how to fight TB: the world’s, and South Africa’s, deadliest infectious disease.