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.
Deputy President David Mabuza has called on young people to become “champions” for South Africa’s deadliest disease, tuberculosis (TB), at the opening of the 5th South African TB Conference on Tuesday in Durban.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is that fiery blend of political activism, commitment to mission, and professional competence that will help to bring an end to tuberculosis (TB), writes TB Proof’s Ingrid Schoeman ahead of World TB Day on Saturday.
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.
There is hope for people living with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) as the “gruelling” two-year treatment with “terrible side-effects” such as deafness can now be successfully shortened to just nine months.