Monday, September 17, 2018 — On Wednesday, 26 September 2018 world leaders will meet in New York for the first-ever United Nations High Level Summit on TB – “United to end tuberculosis”. The summit seeks to accelerate efforts in ending a global epidemic killing 4,500 people daily and reach all affected people with prevention and care.
The South African government has played a pivotal role in tackling certain TB issues, including decentralising care for drug-resistant TB (DR-TB), and importantly wasting little time in ensuring that eligible DR-TB patients have access to promising new DR-TB drugs like bedaquiline and delamanid.
Ahead of this meeting Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Southern Africa hosts a media engagement taking stock of the following:
- An international perspective on the background to UN TB Summit – Candice Sehoma, MSF Access Campaign Advocacy Officer
- The lived experiences of TB patients – Goodman Mkhanda, who received all the very best new DR-TB treatments yet did not get better – ultimately his life was saved by an operation that few can access
- Why South Africa struggles to reduce TB attributable deaths and what can be done now to reduce the massive TB mortality rate – Dr Justine Fargher, a Khayelitsha-based DR-TB doctor with MSF
Date: Tuesday, 25 September
Time: 09h30 for 10h00 till 12h00
Venue: Doctors Without Borders (MSF), 70 Fox Street, 7th Floor, Zurich House, Marshalltown
Parking address: 60 Main St, Marshalltown, Johannesburg, 2107
RSVP: DL-JNB-Joburg-Press@joburg.msf.org by Friday, 21 September by 10h00am