South African Ministry of Health and Stop TB issue joint statement highlighting progress on TB and TB/HIV

16 July 2009 -- Johannesburg -- A joint review of South Africa's TB programme by WHO and Stop TB Partners finds that management of TB has significantly improved since 2005 in this country.

Commenting on the Review findings, Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi expressed his confidence on the ability of the country's health system to continue to respond to the TB pandemic even in the context of HIV and AIDS. "We are encouraged by the findings of the Review. Moving forward, we have to strengthen around the areas that the Review draws our attention to. We are grateful to the WHO and other partners for working with us in conducting this Review", he said.