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Tuberculosis, a community approach

Posted: April 14th, 2011

Khayelitsha is one of the biggest townships in South Africa; it has a population of about half a million and is located about 30 or 40 kilometres outside of Cape Town. It has one of the highest rates of TB (tuberculosis) and HIV in the country.

Here MSF has established a decentralised model of care, which is based around the patient and aims at improving outcomes through diagnosing more people and starting them on treatment earlier. This is enabled by the model where patients are able to get treatment from their local clinics with a better treatment regiment, better diagnostic technics and more support for the patient.