Global Plan Launched Today by Stop TB Partnership

Early in 2015, the South African Health Minister and Chair of the Stop TB Partnership Coordinating Board, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, announced that he was introducing 100% regular screening for tuberculosis for all inmates in South African prisons, as well as for their family members. The decision is significant given that rates of tuberculosis are considerably higher in prisons than within the general population.

In September of this year, The Union took a small group of South African and international journalists to visit Pollsmoor Prison on the outskirts of Cape Town in South Africa to observe the newly introduced South African screening policy. Pollsmoor was chosen because it was the prison where Nelson Mandela himself contracted tuberculosis while an inmate there for much of the 1980s. 

Ahead of the 46th Union World Conference On Lung Health taking place shortly in Cape Town, we publish some pictures from the media visit to Pollsmoor to also mark the launch today of the Global Plan to End TB by the STOP TB Partnership. The Global Plan recommends a seismic shift in the future global response to TB, including a new focus on Key Affected Populations, including prisoners.