Negotiations are currently underway in New York for a United Nations (UN) political declaration on tuberculosis. In order to have a meaningful impact on the TB epidemic, members states must make concrete commitments to ensure access to medicines.
In the run up to World TB Day in March 2018, TAC assessed the state of TB infection control in a number of clinics across South Africa. Of 207 facilities assessed, 145 were found to be in a “RED” state with very poor infection control measures in place.
A recent fact-finding mission and engagement with the community has highlighted a number of ongoing concerns with the service provision at KwaMhlanga Hospital in Nkangala including overcrowding, long waiting times, negligence and bad staff attitudes.