INHIBIT TB: lauch of new community-based Healthcare intervention programme to fight against TB & HIV/AIDS in South Africa

September 12, 2012

Tuberculosis (TB) causes more deaths among people living with HIV than any other diseases in South Africa. TB is the leading cause of natural death and a major factor in the drop of life expectancy. Nearly 70% of TB patients are co-infected with HIV. To combat this double threat, a multi-pronged approach is essential, and two of the key components are to step up case finding through screening and preventing TB and HIV among those most at risk.

Sanofi South Africa, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation and their Aurum Institute and Department of Health partners have launched on September 5 the phase 2 of the TB FREE campaign in Limpopo, South Africa. Called INHIBIT TB, this new initiative will enable the screening of family contacts of people diagnosed with TB in their homes. This project will involve care workers going to the homes of TB patient and offering family members an opportunity to be screened for TB and HIV.

As a further innovation, family members who are at high risk of developing active TB will be provided with TB preventive medicine – also in their homes. This will give them convenient access to WHO-approved preventive therapy before linking them to local health facilities for on-going care and monitoring.
This pilot initiative will be first rolled out in Greater Sekhukhune, Limpopo and in Ekurhuleni North, in Gauteng.

All the major key stakeholders were attending the launch of the INHIBIT in the Limpopo region, one of the most poorest South-African with the highest 60% level of TB/HIV incidence.


Concluding the opening ceremony of this new public-private partnership, David Mametja, Chief Director, TB Control, Department of Health, has declared “Imagine a future without TB and HIV. The human, social and economic impact will be extremely high provided we can achieve this major challenge by demonstrating the responsibilities required. Living without TB and HIV will one day be seen as the most important improvement for future generations. So for this campaign to succeed, the involvement of community is key to the project”.