Update on TB in South Africa

Quick update on tuberculosis from my friends and colleagues in Cape Town, South Africa. This is particularly important as the 46th Union World Conference On Lung Health is only a few weeks away. I plan to be there.

  • The Minister of Health of South Africa addressed the National Assembly in Parliament recently to introduce the Barcelona Declaration, his massive TB screening campaign and his new National TB Ambassadors.
  • The Minister’s speech can be viewed on the parliamentary Youtube channel. The Minister’s speech starts at: 1:04:45
    • And importantly, Healthcare Workers are finally recognized as a vulnerable group: 1:18:50
    • The introduction of the National TB Ambassadors: 1:21:14
    • It’s terrific that TB Proof leaders Drs. Dalene von Delft and Phumeza Tisile were both selected as Ambassadors.
National TB Ambassadors (from left to right) King Goodwill Zwelithini’s son, Prince Nhlanganiso Zulu (former TB patient) Dr Dalene von Delft (former TB patient), Masasa Mbangeni, TV personality, musician Thembi Seete, media personality Gerry Elsdon (former TB patient) and Phumeza Tisile (former TB patient).

Thanks so much for reading. Reading/writing blog posts does take time and we all know that time is in short supply. You and I will both get much more out of this blog if it leads to discussion/dialogue. If you found this post useful and wouldn’t mind leaving a brief comment/sharing on social media, that would be great. Or if you’re shy but are willing to email me a comment that I can post anonymously, I’d appreciate it. As my posts are generally written quickly, if you find any factual errors, please do let me know. Best regards, Philip Lederer

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