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South Africa’s AIDS epidemic is at its worst in high-risk subgroups like gay men, prostitutes, truckers, prisoners, miners and patients who don’t take their drugs regularly... To have any hope of beating the epidemic, it must focus on such groups, experts say... Many pilot projects to do that have been started among them the Sex Workers Project, the Ndlovu Care Group and the Doctors...
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Cape Town's executive mayor, Patricia de Lille is overwhelmed by the sterling services provided by Doctors without Borders (MSF) at Khayelitsha Site C Youth Clinic... De Lille says the clinic was a good example of effective partnerships and collaboration... The enhanced health services at the clinic are provided in partnership with MSF... This organisation works with the city health staff in...
  Ninety-nine patients in Swaziland who successfully completed their treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis have been presented with certificates by MSF saying “I got tested and cured of TB”. Proudly holding her certificate, which reads “I got tested and cured of TB”, is Khanyi. Thirty-five years old and a mother of two, Khanyi lives in Logoba, an...
With 26 percent of the adult population infected with HIV, Swaziland has the world’s highest HIV prevalence. The country is also faced with a tuberculosis (TB) epidemic. TB is the leading cause of death among people living with HIV, and is becoming more difficult to treat following the emergence of drug resistant forms of the disease. In Swaziland more than 80 percent of people infected with TB...
  Swaziland is a small, sub-Saharan African country with a population of only 1.2 million people and one of the world’s highest rates of both HIV prevalence and new TB infections. Since the early 1990’s, when these two diseases took root in the country, life expectancy has plummeted by more than 11 years. To ...
A cheaper version of a lifesaving drug to treat drug resistant TB will now be available in South Africa but only for a few patients... Doctors without Borders has been granted special access to a generic of a powerful antibiotic that costs more than R700 per tablet but it’s the only body allowed to use the cheaper drug at R85 a tablet. Read article and watch video HERE...
Siyabulela Qwaka, a drug-resistant TB survivor was lucky to access a high-strength antibiotic, Linezolid to cure XDR-TB  under the Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) pilot project in Khayelitsha... Then, very few patients could access the drug, but now it is hoped that many patients suffering from the disease are likely to be cured as the Medicines Control (MCC) has approved the...
The Medicines Control Council (MCC) has granted humanitarian group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) access to a cheaper drug to treat extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB)... The MCC's decision is the conclusion of a three-year battle for MSF and comes a few weeks after the MSF lodged a high court case against the MCC... This followed the regulatory body's failure to convene a statutory...
Patients & MSF doctors elated as MCC approval for MSF to use generic linezolid paves the way for national registration and access JOHANNESBURG — After a three-year long struggle, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has received approval from the South African Medicines Control Council (MCC) to import a dramatically more affordable version of an antibiotic, linezolid, in order to expand...
"Less than half of those treated for resistant strains of TB survive... It's just not good enough," writes Dr Jennifer Hughes, a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) TB doctor based in Khayelitsha... In the article, Dr. Hughes talks about her experience of treating TB in Khayelitsha, the pilot project on TB treatment kick-started by MSF in Khayelitsha over two years ago as well as the...
Patients with multidrug-resistant (MDR) tuberculosis could soon have access to a promising new drug - Bedaquiline - as the Medicines Control Council (MCC) is "fast-tracking" its authorisation processes to have the drug licensed... If approved, it will be the first time the drug is widely distributed in this country where more than 10 000 people are diagnosed with MDR - TB every year... The...
Despite activists' pleas, Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has not joined almost 800 health workers and experts in supporting the call to declare drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) a public health emergency... The South African TB Conference closed yesterday in Durban... Motsoaledi failed to cast a ballot either in favour or against the civil society proposition that the growing DR-TB...
South Africa may finally allow access to a cheaper form of the drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) drug linezolid following the lodging of a high court case... At R700 a daily pill, linezolid remains out of reach for most DR-TB patients... International medical humanitarian group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) procures linezolid for about R80 a pill... To expand access to the drug, MSF has...
DURBAN – Presenting operational research findings at the 4th South African TB Conference, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) together with other treatment activists, called on government authorities to urgently scale up access to a cost-effective decentralised treatment model for drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB), and to increase access to more affordable versions of drugs to develop better DR-...
The South African government is not doing enough to find and cure drug-resistant TB, this is according to a civil society memorandum delivered to the chair of the South African TB Conference Prof Bavesh Kana at the Durban meeting yesterday... Drafted by the international humanitarian organisation Medicines Sans Frontières (MSF) as well as public interest group Section27 and AIDS lobby the...
Tuberculosis should be declared a public health emergency and "war rooms" should be set up in each province to deal with the disease... And President Jacob Zuma should be compelled to explain to the SA National Aids Council the government's plans for dealing with the scourge and the progress being made... These calls were made yesterday by NGOs — the Treatment Action Campaign, Section 27 and...
Dear TB Conference 2014 Delegates We know that TB is a preventable and treatable bacteria that can be beaten. We know that TB control has been prioritised in the National Strategic Plan for HIV, STIs and TB 2012-2016, which aims to cut incidence and mortality by half. Yet in South Africa: TB mortality is the leading cause of death in adults and children. Latest figures show that 18...
Drug resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) is on the rise in Southern Africa, fueled on the one hand by high HIV prevalence, and on the other by its highly contagious nature. The disease reaches deep into rural Zimbabwe where MSF runs a DR-TB project. In the early days of winter, where a chilly breeze runs through the immensity of gentle hills – not a house in sight, just a few trees breaking up...
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