A collaboration between the Human Sciences Research Council and University of KwaZulu-Natal, Connect TB brings together the private and public healthcare sectors in providing TB care. The Stop TB Partnership’s TB REACH-funded study enables clients to receive their results via text message and provides treatment adherence support to people diagnosed with TB over the telephone. Adherence support provides a safe support structure for people taking TB medication, helping clients to overcome barriers to treatment completion like stigma, inadequate access to services, and food insecurity. The first client in the novel Connect TB study successfully and timeously completed treatment for tuberculosis (TB) at the end of October 2021. The project intervention started in May 2021 and will end in March 2022.
The interview aired on SABC News, 20 November 2021 at 15:30