Survey to establish Botswana's TB burden

Alfred Madigele PIC. THALEFANG CHARLES
Alfred Madigele PIC. THALEFANG CHARLES

The recently launched tuberculosis (TB) survey is expected to access the prevalence of the disease and its impact on the community.

The survey, which is the first of its kind in the country, has been merged with the HIV/AIDS and will be conducted under the term ‘The 5th Botswana AIDS Impact V and Tuberculosis Prevalence Survey’. It is reportedly the first time the two surveys have been merged in the country and globally. 

When launching the survey on Tuesday, Health minister, Dr Alfred Madigele said to date Botswana has never had a tuberculosis impact survey despite it being responsible for 13% of all adults’ death and 40% of deaths amongst people living with HIV. 

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