The overcrowded conditions of prisons make them a high-risk environment for the spread of infectious diseases such as TB.
As antibiotics lose their power to treat some forms of TB, interest in the antibacterial powers of curdlan is rising.
The push to end TB requires significant investment into the research and development of new diagnostics and treatments.
South African Professor Bongani Mayosi was a great mentor to many. Losing him to mental illness is a reminder that we are all human.
About three million people globally are ‘missed’ each year for Tuberculosis diagnosis. Many of them will die, some will get better, others will continue to infect others.
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.
South African scientists have found a way to single out the problematic parts of the bacteria causing TB that results in drug resistance.
There is an increasing focus on alternative treatment strategies, developed to treat other diseases and conditions but re-purposed to tackle TB.