A convenient untruth: The TB Proof healthcare worker

A convenient untruth: The TB Proof healthcare worker

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.

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COVID-19: Pandemic puts pressure on medicine supply

COVID-19: Pandemic puts pressure on medicine supply

Reports of drug shortages and stock-outs across South Africa have the Department of Health in a race against the clock to ensure a supply of essential medicines. With manufacturing operations around the world still facing issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the country is battling to meet the demand for contraceptives, tuberculosis medicines and psychiatric medicines.

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Opinion: HIV and TB are losing out in the drive to stop COVID-19

Opinion: HIV and TB are losing out in the drive to stop COVID-19

It seems HIV and TB are falling by the wayside in the drive to stop the spread of COVID-19. Where we can we must  minimise the harm to the HIV and TB response, and we need to see the opportunity to address all three diseases together, writes Erica Penfold.

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COVID-19: Concerns mount over COVID-19 stigma in KZN

COVID-19: Concerns mount over COVID-19 stigma in KZN

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in KwaZulu-Natal increases, provincial health authorities, health practitioners and public health activists urge residents to avoid the spread of misinformation fuelling stigma around COVID-19. Nomfundo Xolo investigates.

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COVID-19: Lockdown takes heavy toll on SA’s TB response

COVID-19: Lockdown takes heavy toll on SA’s TB response

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.

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COVID-19: Don’t take BCG vaccine away from kids who need it for TB, experts say

COVID-19: Don’t take BCG vaccine away from kids who need it for TB, experts say

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.

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COVID-19: Discontent among CHWs on the frontlines

COVID-19: Discontent among CHWs on the frontlines

In South Africa’s war against COVID-19 community healthcare workers are foot soldiers on the frontlines. Spotlight spoke to CHWs from across the country about their concerns regarding a lack of protective equipment and job security.

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TB in children: The amazing research being done in Cape Town

TB in children: The amazing research being done in Cape Town

Medicines that taste like strawberries or mangos, cutting edge trials on preventing TB in kids, measuring how children’s bodies take up TB medicines – in this World TB Day feature Kathryn Cleary profiles the amazing research done by the Desmond Tutu TB Centre in Cape Town.

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