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Restoring hope in Swaziland: helping stop TB through earlier diagnosis

A woman at Pigg’s Peak Hospital waits her turn to be screened for TB.
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A terrible burden

The Kingdom of Swaziland deep in the south of Africa with a population of a million people carries a terrible burden: the world’s highest incidence of tuberculosis (TB) and very high levels of co-infection with HIV. TB is the leading killer of people living with HIV/AIDS, and 80% of TB cases in Swaziland are HIV-positive. All patients here in Pigg’s Peak Hospital are first screened for TB symptoms before consultation with a physician. This woman waits her turn to be screened.

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