Is TB spinning out of control in South Africa?

South Africa has the second highest rate of new TB cases in the world and the highest rate of new drug-resistant TB cases in Africa. Compounding the problem is a lack of investment in drug research. Daneel Knoetze from GroundUp takes a closer look.

Drug-resistant TB remains a crisis

According to the World Health Organisation, the drug-resistant tuberculosis crisis continues with half a million new cases this year.

TB infections hard to diagnose in children

TB infections are especially hard to diagnose in children, but researchers have estimated that worldwide up to 32,000 children contract a drug-resistant 'superbug' strain of TB.

TB crisis in SA mines

The incidence of TB among South Africa's mineworkers and their partners and children is the highest of any working population in the world.

Decrease in SA TB deaths

According to Statistics SA progress is being made in reducing the number of deaths due to tuberculosis in South Africa.

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