WORLD TB DAY

TREATMENT SUPPORT: Mrs Leah Tutu and staff of the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation with some of the portable ECG machines that will be handed over to the Western Cape Department of Health today. The portable machines will enable patients receiving a newly approved medicine for the treatment for Multiple Drug Resistant TB to undergo regular ECG monitoring at community clinics close to their homes. Mrs Tutu said that supporting patients to subscribe to appropriate treatment regimens was as important as access to the medicines, themselves.

 

The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation donated 10 ECG machines to the Western Cape Department of Health in Gugulethu at an event commemorating World TB Day.

The portable machines will enable patients receiving a newly approved medicine for the treatment of Multiple Drug Resistant TB to undergo regular ECG monitoring at community clinics close to their homes. The medicine, called Bedaquiline, is the first new TB treatment registered by world regulatory bodies in nearly 50 years.