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USAID Tuberculosis South Africa Project has 11 abstracts accepted to the 50th UNION Lung Conference
USAID Tuberculosis South Africa Project staff will present 11 abstracts at the prestigious 50th UNION Lung Conference, which is scheduled to be held in Hyderabad, India, from October 30th to November 2nd, 2019.
USAID Tuberculosis South Africa Project hosts one of a few TB-themed sessions at the recent 9th South Africa AIDS Conference
Despite tuberculosis (TB) and HIV assuming twin epidemic status in South Africa and other sub-Saharan African countries, TB continues to be underrepresented in HIV research spaces. It was evident at the recent 9th South Africa AIDS Conference (SAAIDS), where presentations about TB were uncommon.
A battle with TB inspired his smart medicine dispenser, now it’s won Africa’s top engineering prize
After being diagnosed with tuberculosis in January 2014, Neo Hutiri needed medicines monthly in order to treat it. Every visit meant spending up to three and a half hours in a queue waiting for his turn at the hospital pharmacy in Johannesburg. “Most of the other patients that waited along with me had to miss work just to collect their medicine,” he says.
Stellenbosch University study aims to ‘protect’ anti-TB drug
Scientists at Stellenbosch University (SU), in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of researchers and clinicians, are working to conserve a drug that improves the survival of patients with multidrug-resistant TB – by studying how Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes TB, can develop resistance.
TB LAM test improves TB diagnosis in people with low CD4 counts
Use of the TB LAM test in people with HIV with CD4 counts below 200 boosted the number of people diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) by a third, an observational study in Malawi and Mozambique has found. Almost half of TB cases would have been missed if LAM had not been included in the diagnostic algorithm, showing that the test is useful in a far wider population than currently recommended.
The Union highlights child TB on the International Day of Families
An estimated 239,000 children die every year from TB. Most of these deaths are preventable. TB is both treatable and curable, but 90 percent of children who die from TB did not receive the standard treatment that could have saved their lives.
Drug-resistant tuberculosis reversed in lab
About 1.5 million people died of tuberculosis (TB) in 2017, making it the most lethal infectious disease worldwide. A growing rise in drug-resistant TB is a major obstacle to successfully treating the illness. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Umea University in Sweden have found a compound that prevents and even reverses resistance to isoniazid, the most widely used antibiotic for treating tuberculosis.
USAID and South Africa at World TB Day 2017 event
March is Tuberculosis (TB) Awareness Month, and is dedicated to educating everyone around the world about the scourge of TB. World TB Day is commemorated globally on March 24th, each year, the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch announced the discovery of the TB germ (bacillus) as the cause of TB.
The #TPFoundationFunWalk2019 Reaches A Milestone Attendance
In the early morning sunrise of Thursday 21 March, people of Matlosana, North West and the neighbouring provinces of Freestate, Gauteng and Northren Cape were pouring into the historic Matlosana Stadium in Jouberton for the fourth Annual Charity and Health Fun Walk which is organized by; The Thabo Pelesane Foundation.
Centre drives TB awareness
Lady Michaelis Community Health Centre in Plumstead hosted an awareness drive for World Tuberculosis (TB) Day to raise awareness about the illness and increasing access to treatment, on Wednesday 20 March.

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