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Tuberculosis in South Africa: challenges faced

02 August 2018
12:30 - 14:00

Dr John Black, Head of the Infectious Diseases and HIV Unit,  Livingstone Hospital in Port Elizabeth

Date: 2 August 2018    Time: 12:30 – 14:00  Venues: Pretoria, Durban, PE and Cape Town

Presentation available for download below:

South Africa faces a triple threat of epidemics: TB, MDR-TB and HIV. The Global Tuberculosis (TB) Report makes special mention of South Africa as one of the countries with an annual number of incident TB cases of over 500 per 100 000 population and is continually classified as a high burden country with TB being the leading cause of death in South Africa. TB poses special challenges to its eradication in that it is an airborne disease and is compounded by both the HIV epidemic and multiple socio-economic determinants making it a reflection of South Africa’s social conditions.

Dr John Black is an infectious diseases specialist serving as the head of the Infectious Diseases and HIV Unit at Livingstone Hospital in Port Elizabeth. He is an active member of various professional societies and is involved in ongoing trials surrounding optimal TB treatment in Port Elizabeth and the surrounding area.

Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Contact: Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail:
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Durban:  The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001. Contact: Ridhwaan Khan, Tel: (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786, e-mail:
Port Elizabeth: 1st Floor East Wing, Building 1 Ascot Office Park, Corner Conyngham & Ascot Roads, Greenacres, Port Elizabeth 6001. Contact: Nomfanelo Plaatjie, email: or 041 393 9500.

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