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Patient thanks her lucky stars for medical innovation
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Patient thanks her lucky stars for medical innovation

“I would be deaf if it wasn’t for the continuous research and development of innovative medications,” says Dalene von Delft. Being a medical doctor herself, Von Delft was in the right place at the right time, knowing the inner workings of medical treatment, but not all are so lucky. The flip side is that doctors...

12 September, 201625 October, 2017by
Top 100 Inspiring and Aspiring young South Africans – Independent Media
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Top 100 Inspiring and Aspiring young South Africans – Independent Media

“In September 2012 Dr Bart Willems swam four and a half laps of the Long Street pool in Cape Town entirely under water. When he surfaced, he’d covered a distance of 114m and broken the South African freediving record. His feat was made extra special by the fact that he’d recovered from tuberculosis (TB) just...

1 August, 201628 August, 2017by
Clinic staff feed TB patients
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Clinic staff feed TB patients

Nursing staff at the Empilisweni Clinic in Zwelethemba are making sandwiches at their own cost to feed patients in the community. Myrtle Pietersen, a staff nurse at the clinic who mainly works with patients with Tuberculosis (TB) explains that they had patients coming in for treatment who did not have anything to eat. Some patients...

3 September, 201531 August, 2017by
Physician heal thyself – Q&A with Dr Dalene von Delft
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Physician heal thyself – Q&A with Dr Dalene von Delft

by: Nicci Botha | 17 Aug 2015 When Dalene von Delft started working as a doctor, she knew there were risks. But what she didn’t bargain for was contracting a life-threatening disease. She contracted multi-drug-resistant TB (MDR TB), basically a strain of tuberculosis that is difficult to cure because it does not respond to most...

26 August, 201528 August, 2017by
The fight of her life
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The fight of her life

by Jamie Petersen on August 3rd, 2015 In 2010 then 19-year-old Phumeza Tisile, from Port Elizabeth, was told she had tuberculosis. What she did not know was that she had contracted extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB), the deadliest form of the disease. Tisile had been misdiagnosed and therefore given the wrong medication. As a result, she...

6 August, 201528 August, 2017by
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
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