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Change Agents Advocate for Tuberculosis Testing and Treatment in Swaziland Communities

Rosa, a 35-year-old ex-miner’s widow and mother of three has been breastfeeding her six-month-old baby despite suffering from Multi Drug Resistant-Tuberculosis (MDR-TB). “I cannot stop breastfeeding my baby, my mother-in-law forbids me,” says Rosa. Change agents who live in the community in Swaziland visited Rosa’s homestead to persuade her to change living environment with her children and seek medical attention. It took a couple of visits to Rosa’s mother-in-law for them to agree for the children to be isolated.

TB and Migration in Southern Africa

The 21st century has been a challenging one in the fight against communicable and infectious diseases. According to the WHO Global Tuberculosis Report 2015, Tuberculosis is now the number one  infectious killer, the study revealed that TB is causing more deaths than HIV. Southern Africa has the highest TB incidence rates in the world, averaging at 591/100,000 compared to the global average of 126/100,000. Seven out of the sixteen high burden countries in the world are in East and southern Africa.