TB Awareness: Advocating for Equitable Healthcare. 

by Tia

In March, as we mark Human Rights Day, we also shine a spotlight on Tuberculosis (TB) Awareness Month. It’s a crucial time to unite efforts against TB, combat stigma, and enhance understanding of its global health impact.

In 2023, the South African Government confirmed TB as the second deadliest infectious disease after HIV/AIDS globally. Over 95% of TB deaths occur in low- and middle-income nations, making it a leading cause of death for women aged 15 to 44.TB, caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, primarily affects the lungs and spreads through airborne droplets from coughs or sneezes.

According to WHO, TB ranks ninth among global causes of death, with an estimated 54,200 deaths in South Africa in 2022.

In recognition of sharing knowledge on TB, Zarcare, a leading telehealth and wellness company will host an online discussion focusing on the right to healthcare, education about TB signs, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment in April.  

Annie Gwerengwe, Founder and Managing Director of Zarcare says “Access to healthcare is undeniably a fundamental human right, and platforms like Zarcare are actively striving to make positive contributions toward it. Our discussion on TB is approached through the special lens of healthcare as a fundamental human right”. 

The webinar, led by Annie Gwerengwe and Dr. Karla Talbot features a diverse range of special guests.

Dr. Karla Talbot, a dedicated General Practitioner at Zarcare, has played a vital role in providing online care and support through the platform. Dr. Nonsi Mathe, a Senior Research Scientist, will offer profound insights into chronic disease epidemiology, enriching our comprehension of public health challenges, particularly in terms of healthcare equity. 

Braden Van Breda, CEO of AI Diagnostics, will illustrate the indispensable role of technology in disease diagnosis, notably in tuberculosis (TB), demonstrating a commitment to healthcare innovation. Dr. Ananja van der Westhuizen, a Medical Doctor and TB Advocate, will passionately share her views on clinical research and the mission to eradicate TB, emphasising the dedication required in patient care. 

Natly Sylvester, a TB survivor, will provide a personal and poignant narrative, underscoring the human impact of the disease and the resilience of those affected by it.

Together, their collective expertise and experiences aim to foster discourse, enlightening the audience on various aspects of TB awareness and advocacy.

Gwerengwe adds “This Human Rights month, we aim to highlight the pressing necessity for the universal preservation of TB, ensuring that everyone, irrespective of their circumstances, can access the care and treatment they rightfully deserve”.  

  • Event Details: Health for All: A Human Right and the Fight Against TB
  • Date: Saturday, 06 April, 2024
  • Time: 10h00 to 10h45  
  • Cost: Free for registered individuals
  • Platform: Zoom
  • Registration Link: https://tinyurl.com/y7ykjkd5 

For more information about Zarcare, please visit www.zarcare.com

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