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Restoring hope in Swaziland: helping stop TB through earlier diagnosis

A TB screening officer asking a patient if he has TB symptoms.
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Simple solution to a big problem

A major challenge is early diagnosis of TB. A WHO and national TB control programme initiative, with support from Canadian International Development Agency, has driven early detection and treatment of TB. Patients are systematically screened at ART clinics and hospitals. This initiative detected 4000 new TB cases in 3 years − double the target of 2500. Here, a screening officer asks if the patient has any of five TB symptoms – cough, fever, night sweats, weight loss and chest pain – to determine whether to ask for a sputum sample for TB diagnosis.

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