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To end TB, invest in drug discovery in and for Africa

Continent can transition from its near-total reliance on the global north for pharmaceutical innovations to meet its unique needs COMMENT | KELLY CHIBALE | One hundred and forty-two years after its discovery, Tuberculosis (TB) remains a global public health problem. Despite being preventable and curable, 1.3 million people died from TB …

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Great strides in fighting TB

But reducing poverty is the best way to end this disease INTERVIEW | TOM NYIRENDA & NADINE DREYER | Every year, 10 million people fall ill with tuberculosis. Even though the disease is both preventable and curable, it kills 1.5 million people each year, making it the world’s deadliest infectious disease. …

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New TB skin test

It could offer cheaper and easier way to detect the disease HEALTH | YVETTE NAUDE | Detecting tuberculosis early could play a significant role in eradicating the world’s most deadly infectious disease. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says 1.5 million people die from this devastating disease each year. People infected with …

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Uganda addresses post-TB lung disease burden

The burden of post-TB lung disease and the health and well-being of TB survivors is poorly understood Kampala, Uganda | PATRICIA AKANKWATSA | The National TB and Leprosy Programme at the Ministry of Health, Makerere University Lung Institute and the Global Fund have partnered to implement an innovative programme focused on …

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TB vaccine a big deal

ANALYSIS | Charles Shey Wiysonge | The Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine for TB has been used for 100 years. It is largely effective for children under five, but less so in older people and can’t be used on patients who have certain medical conditions. Today we’re the closest we’ve ever been to …

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Cultural leaders join fight to eradicate TB in Lango

Lira, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The cultural leadership in Lango has taken a proactive stance in the fight against the rampant Tuberculosis (TB) prevalence within the sub-region. Lango ranks second only to the Kampala Metropolitan area in terms of the highest burden of TB cases in the country. Notably, …

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Multi drug resistant TB

Health experts warn on the use of herbs for treatment Kampala, Uganda | PATRICIA AKANKWATSA | Health experts have warned against the use of herbal medicines in treating Tuberculosis (TB) which they say has contributed to the rise of Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) cases in the country. While speaking at a media …

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