We were told the planned release date for an occupational health policy to protect healthcare workers was World tuberculosis Day, 24 March 2017. Three World TB Days later and with a new epidemic claiming the lives of healthcare workers we are still waiting for the policy, writes Dr Arne von Delft.
Tuberculosis (TB) testing rates are down by almost half and dramatically fewer TB patients are starting treatment. Kathryn Cleary takes an in-depth look at the impact of COVID-19 and the lockdown on TB services in South Africa.
The use of the BCG vaccine for an unproven indication is irresponsible and may deplete BCG stocks for young children, for whom it has been proven to be a lifesaving preventive tool against TB, argue a group of leading experts.
The inequalities and complexities of the private healthcare system has been the subject of a market inquiry launched in 2014 by the Competition Commission. It is hoped that their findings will help facilitate reform in the sector.
The 2015 WHO Global TB Report was launched recently and the main take home message is that if we are to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and End TB Strategy targets, we need to CHANGE. Now, not later. It is already late.
The importance of regulatory bodies in the health sector cannot be overstated. However these same bodies are often beleaguered by inefficiencies, corruption and a lack of resources which hampers their usefulness.
Over a year ago, on October 30, 2014, three young South Africans whose lives were profoundly affected by their battle with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) led a group of supporters to the offices of the country’s regulator, the Medicines Control Council (MCC), to make an urgent plea.
In December 2010 the World Health Organisation recommended that countries start using a breakthrough new TB test called Xpert MTB/RIF (commonly referred to as GeneXpert). South Africa rapidly embraced this…