• TB was the leading cause of death for teenagers between 2008 and 2018 in South Africa. 
  • When children hit puberty, they’re more likely to fall sick with TB because their immune systems are changing. Plus, their budding social lives and the time they spend in classrooms mean they have more chances to spread the germ to each other.
  • Research shows that clinics should try to adapt to be more accommodating to teens by, for instance, not scheduling appointments during school holidays, exam periods or after school.
  • Watch this short video and find out what else clinics can do to keep teens on their TB treatment.

TB was the leading cause of death for teenagers between 2008 and 2018 in South Africa. Find out why and what we can do to make treatment more accessible to them in this short video.
  • Read the script here
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