TB Diagnosis: Scaling up of GeneXpert MTB Test in Rural Areas
The GeneXpert test is a molecular test which detects the DNA in TB bacteria. It uses a sputum sample and can provide an accurate result in less than 2 hours. It can also detect the genetic mutations associated with resistance to drugs. The test was developed by Cepheid and FIND and 330,540 cartridges have been purchased for use in South Africa. The Foundation aims at facilitating widespread access to this test and expects that it will have a dramatic positive impact on TB diagnosis and treatment, especially in rural areas.
TB Prevention Programmes
The Foundation will conduct TB awareness campaigns in rural areas and continue with its current Prisons TB awareness project, in collaboration with the Right to Care Campaign. Educating and conducting TB screening ensures early detention and assists prisoners with early diagnosis and treatment.