Tuberculosis (TB) causes thousands of deaths in South Africa and abroad each year. The month of March is dedicated to raising TB awareness, culminating on March 24 when World TB Day is observed across the globe. In a weekly series, the Berea Mail will publish articles to raise awareness about TB. This week we visit Overport Clinic to find out more about TB treatment, testing and taboos.
DOCTORS had lost hope of treating Multidrug-resistant (MDRTB) patient, Thokozani Ndebele after she defaulted from treatment several times. Now she is two months away from completing her course and it’s all because of a peer-led accompaniment program run by Advance Access & Delivery (AA&D). Based in Greyville, AA&D SA is a local branch of the global organisation which runs programmes in India, Peru, Russia, and the United States.