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South Africa is making progress in treating drug-resistant TB.

SA makes great strides in treating ‘strong’ TB

The country has one of the highest tuberculosis burdens. But it is rapidly gaining access to new diagnostic tools and medicine for drug-resistant TB.
The LAM urine test allows doctors to diagnose a seriously ill HIV patient with tuberculosis in just 25 minutes. No special laboratories or technicians are required to administer the test

Quick urine TB test a life-saver, but only in certain cases

There are fears that, because the LAM measure is easily administered, it could be used when conditions call for more detailed analysis.
Khayelitsha has one of the highest TB burdens globally, and health care professionals work long hours to help patients fight the deadly lung infection.

If SA wins the fight against TB, the world will benefit

South Africa lost nearly 100 000 people to TB last year – three-quarters of whom were HIV-positive. Reducing the burden will benefit the economy.
From the inside: The risk of TB infection at Pollsmoor can be sharply reduced if aggravating factors such as overcrowding and poor ventilation are addressed.

Unlikely perk of prison life: Free, speedy TB treatment

South African jails are making notable strides in screening for, and curing, tuberculosis.
Pills and more: The health department says it has developed comprehensive guidelines for the prevention of TB in prisons and the treatment of those prisoners who have the disease.

Comment: Government tackles TB in prisons

Initiatives in the past four years have greatly increased inmates’ access to healthcare.
Under Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi

From critical condition to stable

The nation's healthcare system reflects the actions of the ministers responsible for it over the years.
Tuberculosis is still the number one cause of death in South Africa.

Opinion: TB cannot be kept behind bars

World TB Day is on March 24: We look at plans to curb the disease's spread – in prisons and beyond.