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TB treatment is available for free in South Africa. But 20% of people are never diagnosed and spread the disease unknowingly.
Pren Naidoo is the research lead at the Desmond Tutu TB Centre at the University of Stellenbosch. She is also a programme officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
She was speaking at Bhekisisa, the Mail & Guardian and the national health department’s critical thinking forum on TB in March 2017.
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Bhekisisa means "to scrutinise" in Zulu
In South Africa, Zulu patients who would like to be thoroughly assessed by a doctor, would ask the physician to "bhekisisa" them.