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Of the more than 1.6 million TB deaths recorded every year, more than 75,000 are in South Africa alone. Noah Seelam/AFP via Getty Images

How COVID-19 threatens to undo years of progress in TB control

Progress against tuberculosis has long been inadequate to reach the target of elimination by 2030. But before the COVID-19 pandemic the world was making steady progress in diagnosing and treating TB.
Healthcare worker, Boitsholo Mfolo, inside the digital x-ray truck at one of Africa Health Research Institute’s mobile screening camps in rural KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Samora Chapman/ Africa Health Research Institute

Study shows a huge burden of undiagnosed disease in a rural South African district

South Africa needs a public health response that expands the successes of the country’s HIV testing and treatment programme to provide care for multiple diseases.
Missing targets to end HIV in children represents nothing less than a global failure. Sunil Pradhan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Ending HIV in children is way off target: where to focus action now

Not achieving the targets for children and adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa means that new infections will continue to increase and HIV related mortality will be a reality for decades to come.
“We saw patients dying for avoidable reasons. They were dying because masks that came loose were not being replaced,” says MSF COVID-19 intervention nursing activities manager, Caroline Masunda. Chris Allan

Small things can save lives: coping with COVID-19 in resource-scarce hospitals

Where there are not enough health workers to deliver medical care, one solution is to move certain tasks to less specialised health workers, a process called task-shifting.
COVID-19 has not been as devastating in South Africa as initially feared. Dino Lloyd/Gallo Images via Getty Images

COVID-19 and HIV: so far it seems the outcome is not what was feared

Some insights into previous outbreaks of human coronaviruses may be useful in explaining the comparatively ‘low’ numbers of COVID-19 infections and mortality in people with HIV in South Africa.
A healthcare worker in a protective suit is seen at a quarantine and isolation centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.

How COVID-19 threatens efforts to contain HIV/AIDS in South Africa

The redirection of resources to COVID-19 has enormous consequences for the provision of healthcare services for other diseases, in particular, HIV programmes.

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