Jennifer Hughes

TB: A dire struggle to keep up on path of increased resistance

There was recently a small celebration in one of the primary healthcare clinics in Khayelitsha near Cape Town. One more person was officially declared cured after more than two years of treatment for pre-XDR-TB.

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Tuberculosis: The old devil in new clothes

My role as a doctor is to make it possible for Andile to play football again. He used to train three times a week in Khayelitsha, one of the largest townships in South Africa – miles and miles of little boxlike brick houses interspaced with tin shacks on the edge of Cape Town. As he puts it, he was the type of player who doesn’t waste himself running aimlessly after the ball; he rather analyzed the game to make decisive passes that led his team to a victory. But today, what Andile wishes above all is to be able to run, even aimlessly – to feel his heart beat hard against his chest, to feel his lungs explode from the hard-won efforts of playing a game.

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