Month: July 2015

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

Monday 20 July 2015 08:08 “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...

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To end tuberculosis, we have to talk about it

By Bailey White, CBC News Posted: May 25, 2015 5:03 AM NTLast Updated: May 25, 2015 5:03 AM NT The number of tuberculosis cases in Nain has residents worried, and some people are still afraid to come forward because of the way the disease is viewed. (Lefteris Pitarakis/Associated Press) Tuberculosis in Nain doesn’t usually make news....

15 July, 201512 July, 2017by
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Almost deaf due to meds – but there is hope

Deur Michelle Linnert. Wednesday 08 July 2015 08:04     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...

10 July, 201512 July, 2017by
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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. COMMENT 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...

8 July, 201512 July, 2017by
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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, 201512 July, 2017by
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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 INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS Fifth-year medical students were shocked to find most medical errors in South African hospitals were systemic. File photo: Matthew Jordaan Cape Town – Young, inexperienced, exhausted. And your life is in their hands. Junior doctors across South Africa are asleep on...

7 July, 201512 July, 2017by
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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...

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