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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.

SA negotiates cheaper TB drug for entire world

July 25, 2018
Tuberculosis (TB)  

The entire world will benefit from a price cut of a TB wonder drug, following successful negotiations between South Africa and pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson.

Mineworkers to get compensation – finally

May 4, 2018
Tuberculosis (TB)  

Two days after Workers’ Day, South Africa’s biggest ever class action settlement was reached, offering compensation to mineworkers who contracted silicosis or tuberculosis on gold mines from 12 March 1965.

New pain-free test for TB in kids

October 23, 2017
Tuberculosis (TB)  

Diagnosing TB in children is so difficult and often-painful that many kids are misdiagnosed and lose their chance to be cured, but new research offers hope.

Taking the pain out of kiddie TB tests 

October 23, 2017
Tuberculosis (TB)  

For children with suspected tuberculosis (TB), diagnosis is difficult and can often be painful and complicated. In a vulnerable population where many kids are being missed new diagnostics are critical. And preliminary results from a South African trial have given experts in the field, and patients, a glimmer of hope.

Northern Cape records shocking TB stats

June 21, 2017
OurHealth   Tuberculosis (TB)  

Tuberculosis infections are rising in the Northern Cape, with the province’s John Taolo Gaetsewe District said to have the second highest number of cases in the country, and highest amount of multi drug resistant TB.

Township TB drive highlights disease dangers

April 5, 2017
News   OurHealth   Tuberculosis (TB)  

SOWETO – A door-to-door campaign conducted at Jabulani Hostel in honour of TB awareness month revealed that while many residents are infected, a high number of them have been defaulting on their treatment.