A patient collects her medication at a clinic in Khayelitsha, South Africa.
MSF/Sydelle WIllow Smith
The bill to provide universal health care in South Africa is not the silver bullet for the challenges in the health sector.
A woman with her treatment regime for extensively drug-resistant TB in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.
Treatment for drug-resistant TB remains problematic as the painful daily injectable patients receive for at least six months leaves more than 60% deaf.
This week, the World Health Organization took a huge step by publishing its first Essential Diagnostics List (EDL).
Countries globally should adopt and adapt the World Health Organization's new Essential Diagnostics List -- as a key step in the management of all diseases.
Tuberculosis has been a problem for decades among Canada’s northern Indigenous population. New data obtained through access to information requests reveals shockingly high TB rates among Nunavut’s infants. Poor data collection indicates the real rates will be even higher.
(Gar Lunney/Library and Archives Canada)
The TB epidemic is out of control in Canada's North. Eliminating the disease will require accurate data as well as government investment.
A prisoner looks out a window on March 26, 2015, from Zhdanivskaya prison in Ukraine, were TB is rampant.
AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov
World TB Day will be observed March 24, with the good news that deaths from tuberculosis are declining. But a trend toward confining those with TB threatens to stall advances.
The current range of TB diagnostic tests have various limitations like the sputum smear which is outdated, clumsy and takes long to process.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, with World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, right, and Nigerian Health Minister Isaac Folorunso Adewole, at the End TB Summit in New Delhi, India, March 13, 2018.
On World TB Day 2018, eradicating TB finally looks like a goal that could be met — if political leaders can step up with cash and actions to match their political declarations.
India boasts strong research expertise and technological and pharmaceutical capacity, yet lacks strong financial and political commitment from the government - to end the tuberculosis epidemic.
(AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
India has a radical new plan to eliminate TB, backed by research and technological expertise. The country just needs strong financial and political commitment from government to implement it.
People with tuberculosis were confined in specialised hospitals called sanatoria.
Interior of open air ward for tuberculosis patients 1918./ US. National Library of Medicine
Tuberculosis has had a significant impact on the world, from influencing fashion trends to helping understand how the human body works.
Spanish flu killed more people than the Great War that preceded it. And tuberculosis even more than that.
Here we explore our past and present struggles with the most significant infectious diseases human beings have faced.
In Australia we still vaccinate against polio, but not tuberculosis. Why, and how do we decide?
Vaccinating against an infectious disease can stop once the threat of future transmission is deemed sufficiently low.
US President Donald Trump is threatening drastic cuts in foreign aid.
The proposed foreign aid cuts by US President Donald Trump will have a devastating impact on healthcare in Africa.
TB most commonly causes pneumonia. Sick people experience cough, fever, sweats and weight loss, usually over weeks to months.
In Australia, there are around 1200 to 1300 cases of tuberculosis each year which means we are among the lowest-risk countries in the world.
Scientists have struggled to diagnose TB in people with compromised immune systems because of the low levels of the bacteria in their body.
To tackle TB a dynamic change in discourse is needed. The focus must be on how to respond to emerging complexities the disease presents.
Shortening the treatment period has become a top priority within TB research but studies to date have been unsuccessful.
Antibiotics that were not originally earmarked to treat TB have shown the first signs of effectiveness and could be added to the much-needed arsenal of drugs to fight the deadly disease.
The age profile of people living in Africa is changing - they are living longer.
The burden of communicable disease is declining in Africa and life expectancy is increasing. But non-communicable diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer are wreaking havoc.
Migration patterns can have an impact on health and policies.
When people migrate they can end up worse off when it comes to getting access to health care. Analysing migration trends can help drive local public health policy towards the correct targets.
Meshack Mavuso played the role of ‘The Man with the Green Blanket’ in ‘Marikana the Musical’
Two musicals set in working class mining communities -- one in the UK and the other in South Africa -- have diametrically opposed messages: one of hope; the other, despair.