20 March 2013

 Somewhere between walking out her front door in Cape Town, taking a taxi to college and hanging out with friends, Phumeza Tisile caught tuberculosis… A small prevalence survey carried out by the international medical humanitarian organization, Doctors Without Borders in the sub-district of Khayelitsha in 2008 estimated that there were more than 400 DR-TB cases each year in Khayelitsha alone…

But, according to Dr. Jenny Hughes, a DR-TB specialist with MSF, because widespread screening for DR-TB is difficult and patients don't always come to clinics when they are not well, health officials were diagnosing about 200 cases a year in Khayelitsha - half the estimated number… In an effort to improve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of DR-TB, MSF set up a pilot, decentralized model of treatment in Khayelitsha. 

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