TB – Spotlight https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za In-depth, public interest health journalism Wed, 14 Apr 2021 08:59:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/siteicon.png TB – Spotlight https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za 32 32 After setbacks, rollout of new TB prevention pills to start in six districts https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2021/04/14/after-setbacks-rollout-of-new-tb-prevention-pills-to-start-in-six-districts/ https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2021/04/14/after-setbacks-rollout-of-new-tb-prevention-pills-to-start-in-six-districts/#respond Wed, 14 Apr 2021 08:59:35 +0000 https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/?p=12812 After various delays and setbacks, a new, less toxic, short-course tuberculosis preventive therapy called 3HP is finally being launched in six districts in South Africa. Tiyese Jeranji reports.

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SA piloting mobile X-rays to improve TB detection https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2021/04/07/sa-piloting-mobile-x-rays-to-improve-tb-detection/ https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2021/04/07/sa-piloting-mobile-x-rays-to-improve-tb-detection/#respond Wed, 07 Apr 2021 08:55:31 +0000 https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/?p=12772 South Africa’s first National Tuberculosis Prevalence Survey found that many people without TB symptoms nevertheless have TB disease that can be detected using chest X-rays. Accordingly, new mobile X-ray screening programmes are being piloted in a number of provinces. Tiyese Jeranji reports.

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COVID-19: Second wave was “like a tsunami”, reflects Tygerberg doctor https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2021/03/30/covid-19-second-wave-was-like-a-tsunami-reflects-tygerberg-doctor/ https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2021/03/30/covid-19-second-wave-was-like-a-tsunami-reflects-tygerberg-doctor/#respond Tue, 30 Mar 2021 08:14:27 +0000 https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/?p=12695 Spotlight first interviewed physician and infectious diseases specialist Dr Arifa Parker in May last year as South Africa’s first wave of COVID-19 was building up. Eleven very difficult months later, Bienne Huisman checks in with Parker to hear how things are going on the frontlines at Tygerberg Hospital.

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In-depth: SA at cutting edge of TB vaccine research https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2021/03/25/in-depth-sa-at-cutting-edge-of-tb-vaccine-research/ https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2021/03/25/in-depth-sa-at-cutting-edge-of-tb-vaccine-research/#respond Thu, 25 Mar 2021 10:51:10 +0000 https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/?p=12638 It is a hundred years since the BCG vaccine, the only registered vaccine proven to offer some protection against tuberculosis (TB), was first used in people. Now researchers in South Africa are at the forefront of clinical trials testing experimental new TB vaccines. Adele Baleta reports.

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Opinion: World TB Day – let’s seize this moment to change the status quo https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2021/03/24/opinion-world-tb-day-lets-seize-this-moment-to-change-the-status-quo/ https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2021/03/24/opinion-world-tb-day-lets-seize-this-moment-to-change-the-status-quo/#respond Wed, 24 Mar 2021 05:05:51 +0000 https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/?p=12628 Like with SARS-CoV2, we need to rapidly implement and scale-up effective tuberculosis (TB) prevention interventions, while remaining adaptive to prevailing needs across the country. If we choose to pursue this more deliberate approach to TB prevention in South Africa, World TB Day will no longer be an admission of insufficient progress, but a celebration of defeating our long-standing battle with this curable disease, writes Dr Kavindhran Velen and Professor Salome Charalambous.

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Opinion: Engage communities and leverage COVID-19 innovations to address SA’s TB crisis https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2021/03/23/opinion-engage-communities-and-leverage-covid-19-innovations-to-address-sas-tb-crisis/ https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2021/03/23/opinion-engage-communities-and-leverage-covid-19-innovations-to-address-sas-tb-crisis/#respond Tue, 23 Mar 2021 14:22:23 +0000 https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/?p=12621 It is time to engage communities through community healthcare workers and to leverage COVID-19 innovations to advance the urgent need for high-quality, person-centred tuberculosis (TB) care for all, argue authors from leading TB advocacy organisation TB Proof.

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New TB testing strategy ups diagnosis in clinics by 17% https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2021/03/23/new-tb-testing-strategy-ups-diagnosis-in-clinics-by-17/ https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2021/03/23/new-tb-testing-strategy-ups-diagnosis-in-clinics-by-17/#respond Tue, 23 Mar 2021 07:19:36 +0000 https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/?p=12618 Around 360 000 to 390 000 people in South Africa fall ill with tuberculosis (TB) every year. Of these, around 120 000 to 150 000 are never diagnosed. Now a new TB testing strategy has been shown to improve TB detection at clinics by 17%. Tiyese Jeranji reports.

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Support for some TB patients just a phone call away https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2021/03/16/support-for-some-tb-patients-just-a-phone-call-away/ https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2021/03/16/support-for-some-tb-patients-just-a-phone-call-away/#respond Tue, 16 Mar 2021 10:07:02 +0000 https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/?p=12589 With just a tap of a finger, some people with drug-resistant tuberculosis can get in touch with a counsellor to get support over the phone. Tiyese Jeranji looks at a telephone support project that has helped keep some people with TB connected with their healthcare workers during the most difficult periods of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Opinion: Health budget slashed despite vaccine commitments https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2021/02/26/opinion-health-budget-slashed-despite-vaccine-commitments/ https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2021/02/26/opinion-health-budget-slashed-despite-vaccine-commitments/#respond Fri, 26 Feb 2021 09:11:59 +0000 https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/?p=12456 The national budget tabled this week shows that planned spending on public health is reduced by a massive R50.3 billion over the next three years. We cannot accept a vaccine versus health system trade-off. Government must both expedite the procurement of vaccines and ensure that provinces have the staff and other capabilities to rapidly roll them out and to maintain and improve the quality of healthcare services, argue writers from SECTION27.

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New men’s health centre in Cape metro welcomed https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2021/02/22/new-mens-health-centre-in-cape-metro-welcomed/ https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2021/02/22/new-mens-health-centre-in-cape-metro-welcomed/#respond Mon, 22 Feb 2021 07:55:41 +0000 https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/?p=12429 The Western Cape Department of Health recently opened a new men’s only health centre, which aims to empower boys and men to lead healthy lives. Siyabonga Kamnqa spoke to the centre’s manager and men’s health organisations about the value this centre will add and the services it provides.

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Tens of thousands of people with TB in SA not diagnosed, survey https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2021/02/05/tens-of-thousands-of-people-with-tb-in-sa-not-diagnosed-survey/ https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2021/02/05/tens-of-thousands-of-people-with-tb-in-sa-not-diagnosed-survey/#respond Fri, 05 Feb 2021 13:24:30 +0000 https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/?p=12302 Over 150 000 people who had TB in South Africa in 2018 were not diagnosed, according to findings from South Africa’s long-awaited National Tuberculosis Prevalence Survey. One reason for this is that an unexpectedly high number of people do not show the typical TB symptoms and are never x-rayed. Amy Green reports.

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CSOs want disability grants reinstated https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2021/02/01/csos-want-disability-grants-reinstated/ https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2021/02/01/csos-want-disability-grants-reinstated/#respond Mon, 01 Feb 2021 09:56:27 +0000 https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/?p=12259 The South African Social Security Agency’s decision to suspend temporary disability grants in December left over 210 000 beneficiaries without an income – including some DR TB patients who rely on this grant to stay on treatment. Elri Voigt investigates.

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