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A major shot in the arm is set to boost South Africa’s fight against tuberculosis.

A grant from the Global Fund is expected to boost the implementation of tuberculosis drug 3HP, a short course TB preventative therapy regimen that combines TB drugs, isoniazid and rifapentine. South African National Aids Council CEO, Sandile Buthelezi is excited that the grant will assist with the rolling out of 3HP, which is recommended for people living with HIV.

“We are in the process of registering the drug and have dedicated some of the money from the grant to assist with the rollout. We hope that before the end of this year, 3HP will be registered by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority.”

According to Buthelezi, 3HP will improve the adherence of patients to taking the drug because it is taken for a shorter period, with one dose a week and has fewer side effects than current treatment. Modelling studies also indicate that 3HP is cost-effective, reducing the economic burden of TB control efforts.

Read more: New TB Drug Reduces Treatment Time

The Ghana tuberculosis Voice Network, a Civil Society Advocacy group has trained some fifteen vocal volunteers in Kumasi to embark on a massive TB outreach in the Ashanti Region.

The TB Voice Network was first established in the Greater Accra region under the support of the West Africa Aids Foundation after which it won a challenge facility as a Civil Society Organisation to organise TB programmes in worst affected communities.

The personnel who underwent the training on Friday at the premises of the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) are all persons who have once suffered from Tuberculosis and been treated.

Speaking to Ultimate News, the General Secretary of the TB Voice Network Jerry Amoah Larbie noted that the roles of the volunteers will be to draw public attention to TB and to encourage those living with the condition to adhere to treatment.

Read more: Ghana TB Voice Network Trains Models of Hope for Tuberculosis Advocacy
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