SA to con­duct TB Preva­lence Sur­vey

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South Africa is con­duct­ing a TB Preva­lence Sur­vey to es­tab­lish the true bur­den of the dis­ease and ul­ti­mately strengthen TB con­trol in the coun­try.

Ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO), South Africa ranks among 22 high-bur­den coun­tries and con­trib­utes to about 80 per­cent of the to­tal global bur­den of all TB cases.

The Hu­man Sci­ences Re­search Coun­cil, Med­i­cal Re­search

Coun­cil, and Na­tional in­sti­tute of Com­mu­ni­ca­ble Dis­eases will con­duct the sur­vey.

The 2017 TB Preva­lence Sur­vey will be held na­tion­ally, with a rep­re­sen­ta­tive sam­ple of ap­prox­i­mately 55 000 adults iden­ti­fied, sam­pled from 110 pop­u­la­tion clus­ters, and will take about 24 months to com­plete.

The sur­vey kicked off in eThek­wini Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, KwaZulu-Na­tal, in Au­gust.

The De­part­ment of Health said it has planned var­i­ous so­cial mo­bil­i­sa­tion ac­tiv­i­ties in­tended to reach out to com­mu­ni­ties and en­cour­age them to par­tic­i­pate in the sur­vey.

“Clearly iden­ti­fi­able field­work­ers will be de­ployed into se­lected ar­eas to in­ter­view and col­lect data,” the de­part­ment said.

The De­part­ment of Health has recorded suc­cesses in TB con­trol, such as rou­tine TB cases screen­ing and the launch of a mas­sive TB screen­ing cam­paign, which has seen over

500 000 peo­ple be­ing screened, as well as scal­ing up rapid di­ag­nos­tic tech­nol­ogy (Xpert MTB/RIF) for im­proved di­ag­no­sis of TB.

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