Electronic TB Patient Referral System Being Piloted In Southern African Countries To Help Close Treatment Gaps

Devex: Digital patient tracking aims to tackle TB crisis in Southern Africa
“Every year, 500,000 men travel across southern Africa to work in South Africa’s mines. In doing so, they find themselves triply vulnerable to contracting tuberculosis. Mines produce high levels of silica dust, which renders the lungs prone to bacterial infection. HIV is also prevalent in the region, and those with compromised immune systems are more likely to contract TB. Finally, confined work spaces and poor living conditions facilitate airborne transmission. … In response to this public health crisis, four countries earlier this year launched a landmark electronic referral system that aims to serve as a medical passport for patients…” (Cousins, 10/27).