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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.
There are fears that, because the LAM measure is easily administered, it could be used when conditions call for more detailed analysis.
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.
South African jails are making notable strides in screening for, and curing, tuberculosis.
Initiatives in the past four years have greatly increased inmates’ access to healthcare.
The nation's healthcare system reflects the actions of the ministers responsible for it over the years.
World TB Day is on March 24: We look at plans to curb the disease's spread – in prisons and beyond.
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