Amy Green

South African President called upon to attend global TB meeting

Civil society groups are calling on President Cyril Ramaphosa to attend a historic global tuberculosis (TB) meeting in September, as a show of political will in ending South Africa’s top killer.

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South Africa: No end in sight for TB

South Africa is one of seven countries responsible for the majority of the world’s tuberculosis (TB) burden, according to the 2017 Global TB Report published last month. The goal, set by the World Health Assembly, to effectively end TB by 2035 will not be met unless the country meets its own targets.

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New tests to diagnose TB in children?

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. Preliminary results from a South African trial have given experts in the field, and patients, a glimmer of hope.

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Deaths rates declined in South Africa due to HIV success – report

Death rates have declined, largely due to successes in HIV, but a lot more needs to be done to defeat its “terrible twin”, tuberculosis (TB).

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NC-005 trial: Shorter treatment for MDR-TB in sight (BPaMZ)

Shorter more effective treatment for drug-sensitive and drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) is on the horizon.

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MSF offers access to new TB drug in SA

After feeling ill for months, 16-year-old Sinethemba Kuse received the news that she had multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) from her local clinic in Khayelitsha outside of Cape Town in December last year.

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South Africa: Unlikely perk of prison life: Free, speedy TB treatment

Zuphe Ngwada’s eyes follow the movement of his shoes as they sway back and forth beneath him. Sitting on a bench, hands firmly gripping the metal frame on either side of his lap, Ngwada (21) stares at his sneakers as they disappear underneath the wooden planks only to jut out in front of him seconds later.

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Undercover tuberculosis: How South Africa’s top killer slips in under the radar

Lindiwe Mkwanazi (32) looks past her left leg that’s resting on a low table in the direction of the small box-style TV. Sitting in the one-seater maroon couch, her body is as still as the building she spends almost all of her time in – a run-down block of flats in Mayville, an increasingly industrialised suburb just a few kilometres from Durban’s central business district.

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South Africa: A TB patient finally gets a disability grant

He once wore his blue-and-white striped Hugo Boss shirt with pride but it became a source of despair for Bongani Ngcobo, who has tuberculosis.

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TB man's shirt too nice for a grant

Bongani Ngcobo looks up at the shacks perched unsteadily on the towering green hills around him. He steps off the tar road on to the sandy path – the starting point of his homebound hike. His shack is about 50m away but the uphill walk makes it seem like kilometres.

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