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Unmask stigma – wear a mask and help to fight the stigma attached to TB
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Unmask stigma – wear a mask and help to fight the stigma attached to TB

“I’m dying Ma, the doctor confirmed that treatment is just not working for me and I’m getting sicker.” The mother called her other daughters. This was not the first time they’d heard the treatment wasn’t working, but each time the doctors adjusted the medication and the family hoped she would get better. It had been...

20 July, 201528 August, 2017by
To end tuberculosis, we have to talk about it
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To end tuberculosis, we have to talk about it

By Bailey White, CBC News Posted: May 25, 2015 Tuberculosis in Nain doesn’t usually make news. That’s not because it doesn’t exist — there have been 14 cases of TB in the small community since last October. It’s precisely because TB is so common that it doesn’t make news. Compare that to St. John’s, when a student...

15 July, 201528 August, 2017by
Almost deaf due to meds – but there is hope
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Almost deaf due to meds – but there is hope

By Michelle Linnert. Wednesday 08 July 2015 Dr Dalene von Delft advocates for a new MDR TB drug that has shown its effectiveness in patients like herself. A medical doctor from Stellenberg almost went deaf from TB medication after contracting the dreaded multi-drug resistant (MDR) strain of the disease. Now she is advocating for cheaper,...

10 July, 201528 August, 2017by
Exhausted doctors endanger health
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Exhausted doctors endanger health

Medical interns are leading the battle to reduce the dangerously overlong working hours that compromise the safety of patients. All around South Africa, patients in public hospitals are being treated by young doctors so fatigued that some can’t even manage to stay awake at the wheels of their cars on their way home. It is...

8 July, 201528 August, 2017by
Meet Pat Bond.
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Meet Pat Bond.

My name is Pat Bond, and I am a registered nurse who was working in a private dialysis unit in Cape Town, South Africa when I contracted MDR TB in 2010. I was initially diagnosed with a lung infection, and treated with antibiotics and a corticosteroid inhaler. My health did not improve, but I continued...

8 July, 201528 August, 2017by
Docs so tired they may as well be drunk
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Docs so tired they may as well be drunk

May 13 2014 at 10:15am By Chelsea Geach Comment on this story                       Cape Town – Young, inexperienced, exhausted. And your life is in their hands. Junior doctors across South Africa are asleep on their feet as they are forced to work shifts lasting up...

7 July, 201531 August, 2017by
Getting Rural Right
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Getting Rural Right

Getting rural right is a 40 minute documentary which focuses on the key challenges in rural healthcare in the Transkei, which is in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. With honesty and passion, this documentary examines the harsh reality of rural healthcare in the Transkei, and across the country. A must see, this humbling...

7 July, 201528 August, 2017by
World TB Day: Protect Health Workers, Our ‘Most Precious Resource’
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World TB Day: Protect Health Workers, Our ‘Most Precious Resource’

Posted by Angela Pereira on Mar 24, 2014 “People think they are TB proof, but they’re not.” These words of caution come from Arne von Delft, a South African doctor whose wife, Dalene – also a doctor in South Africa – survived a two-year battle with drug-resistant TB. Their powerful story has been documented in many articles...

7 July, 201528 August, 2017by
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