Tuberculosis in China

Global Tuberculosis report 2013

Published by: 
World Health Organization

This is the eighteenth global report on tuberculosis (TB) published by WHO in a series that started in 1997. It provides a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the TB epidemic and progress in implementing and financing TB prevention, care and control at global, regional and country levels using data reported by 197 countries and territories that account for over 99% of the world’s TB cases.

Health in South Africa: changes and challenges since 2009

Published by: 
The Lancet

Since the 2009 Lancet Health in South Africa Series, important changes have occurred in the country, resulting in an
increase in life expectancy to 60 years. Historical injustices together with the disastrous health policies of the previous
administration are being transformed. The change in leadership of the Ministry of Health has been key, but new
momentum is inhibited by stasis within the health management bureaucracy. Specific policy and programme changes
are evident for all four of the so-called colliding epidemics: HIV and tuberculosis; chronic illness and mental health;
injury and violence; and maternal, neonatal, and child health. South Africa now has the world’s largest programme of

Global tuberculosis report 2012

Published by: 
World Health Organization

This is the seventeenth global report on tuberculosis (TB) published by WHO in a series that started in 1997. It provides a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the TB epidemic and progress in implementing and financing TB prevention, care and control at global, regional and country levels using data reported by 204 countries and territories that account for over 99% of the world’s TB cases.

Implementing Collaborative TB-HIV Activities: A Programmatic Guide

Published by: 
The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease

This guide summarises The Union's experience in developing approaches to integrated TB-HIV care for adults in resource-limited settings. It is recommended for health professionals at the implementation level and national programme staff in charge of policy and practices for collaborative TB-HIV activities.

Global Tuberculosis Control 2011

Published by: 
World Health Organization

This is the sixteenth global report on tuberculosis (TB) published by WHO in a series that started in 1997. It provides a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the TB epidemic and progress in implementing and financing TB prevention, care and control at global, regional and country levels using data reported by 198 countries that account for over 99% of the world’s TB cases.

Tuberculosis in South Africa

Series Name: 
HST Update
Published by: 
Health Systems Trust
Tuberculosis remains the most important communicable disease in the world. In South Africa it accounts for over 80% of all notifiable diseases. The combination of a bacterium which presents special problems in treatment and the tissue destruction that results from the host response have made it a dangerous and life threatening disease since very early human civilization.

Tuberculosis - Our Problem

Series Name: 
HST Update
Published by: 
Health Systems Trust
When I think of tuberculosis, a picture that comes into my mind is of adults, often elderly men, struggling to take in air, lying in a hospital bed, perhaps sitting outside in the sun, helpless, undignified, their health and social, family and community respect and support lost. Our response as health workers has been to relegate TB patients to separate clinics, to label them difficult, and to dole out pills in very large numbers, with little explanation of the disease or the treatment. We seldom have the inclination nor make the time to ask, listen or to empathise. We then wonder why patients fail to complete their treatment, and we embark on research programmes to find out what went wrong! Then the WHO comes up with the solution - DOTS, which could be interpreted as getting other people, the community, to do the work for us!