HIV is a relatively new disease in South Africa, with the first deaths from Aids occurring in 1982. Tuberculosis (TB) has a much longer history, reflective of the industrial and demographic processes which shaped our country's past and which continue to impact on our health outcomes today...

South Africa has learnt valuable lessons from promoting treatment adherence for people infected with HIV. These need to be applied to TB...
Health care workers, civil society and the government must now work together to make these promises a reality.

Lynne Wilkinson is the deputy head of mission for MSF (Doctors Without Borders) in South Africa.

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