Eight years of tuberculosis research in Hlabisa - What have we learned?

Wilkinson, D. (1999) Eight years of tuberculosis research in Hlabisa - What have we learned?. South African Medical Journal, 89 2: 155-159.

Author Wilkinson, D.
Title Eight years of tuberculosis research in Hlabisa - What have we learned?
Journal name South African Medical Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0256-9574
Publication date 1999-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 89
Issue 2
Start page 155
End page 159
Total pages 5
Place of publication Pinelands, South Africa
Publisher Medical Association of South Africa
Language eng
Subject 1108 Medical Microbiology
1117 Public Health and Health Services
Abstract An 8-year research-service collaboration in tuberculosis (TB) in Hlabisa has yielded important data on the emerging HIV-related TB epidemic in South Africa, demonstrating a substantial increase in caseload, HIV prevalence and mortality. A successful, cost-effective, community-based programme of directly observed therapy, utilising volunteers, clinics and community health workers, has helped ensure adherence to therapy. As the caseload has increased, however, case-holding has started to fall, suggesting the need for more effective defaulter-tracing strategies. More fundamental work has studied the molecular epidemiology of TB, suggesting that much of the disease is recently, and casually, transmitted. This collaborative experience may be a model for efforts to control other important public health problems.
Keyword Directly Observed Therapy
Rural South-Africa
Diagnosing Tuberculosis
Transmission Dynamics
HIV
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
 
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