Tomorrow we shine a light on #ClimateChange as the world takes part in Earth Hour.
Show you care for our planet , and make a difference by switching off your lights from 8:30pm to 9:30pm.

Support WWF South Africa’s call to Eskom to lift the brakes on renewable energy. Sign the petition here: [ Earthhour.org.za Link ]
#EarthHourZA
Suzanne Venter from Rapport has won the 2017 Taco Kuiper Award for Investigative Journalism, co-presented by Wits Journalism.

Venter’s story of how more than 94 mentally ill patients died after being moved from Life Esidimeni was described by judges as "a major and necessary investigation."

Runner-up was a Sunday Times story by Thanduxolo Jika, Sabelo Skiti and Qaanitah Hunger on state...
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It’s World TB Day. One in three people with TB in South Africa do not get treatment. Stigma is one of the greatest barriers to eradicating TB.
It’s World TB Day. To prevent TB transmission, cover your mouth/nose when sneezing, cough into your elbow and keep your house ventilated. Live healthily, eat a balanced diet, and exercise.
It’s World TB Day. TB symptoms include persistent cough over two weeks, over 14 days’ fever, night sweats, and unexplained weight loss.
WITSIES, UNITE TO END TB THIS WORLD TB DAY! Stop past the Umthombo Building from 12:00-14:00 to marvel at mutating bacteria, discover why TB patients shouldn't skip pills, meet Betty, and take a selfie in the photo-booth to show your support to end TB. This initiative brought to you by the DST/NRF Centre of Excellence for Biomedical TB Research at Wits and Campus Health.
WITSIES, UNITE TO END TB THIS WORLD TB DAY! Stop past the Umthombo Building from 12:00-14:00 to marvel at mutating bacteria, discover why TB patients shouldn't skip pills, meet Betty, and take a selfie in the photo-booth to show your support to end TB. This initiative brought to you by the DST/NRF Centre of Excellence for Biomedical TB Research and Campus Health at Wits.
#WorldTuberculosisDay Did you know?
A team of scientists from Wits, led by Prof. Wendy Stevens and Prof. Lesley Scott in the Department of Molecular Medicine and Haematology, in collaboration with Prof. Bavesh Kana from the Department of Science and Technology/National Research Foundation Centre of Excellence for Biomedical TB Research, developed TB Check technology.
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WITSIES, UNITE TO END TB THIS WORLD TB DAY! Stop past the Umthombo Building from 12:00-14:00 to marvel at mutating bacteria, discover why TB patients shouldn't skip pills, meet Betty (pictured), and take a selfie in the photo-booth to show your support to end TB. This initiative brought to you by the DST/NRF Centre of Excellence for Biomedical TB Research and Campus Health at Wits.
March 24 is #WorldTuberculosisDay.
This year, the World Health Organization (WHO) focuses on uniting effort to “Leave no one behind”: [ Who.int Link ]
Wits Health Sciences today hosts an interdisciplinary symposium on treatment to eradicate TB. Professor Bavesh Kana (pictured), Co-Director of the DST/NRF Centre of Excellence for Biomedical TB Research at Wits asks: "Can we find all the bacteria?". [ Bit.ly Link ]
The Faculty of Health Sciences and the Office of Research & Postgraduate Affairs are hosting a Symposium for Interdisciplinary Research for TB Elimination
Date: Thursday 23 March 2017
Time: 17h30 for 18h00
Venue: The Adler Museum of Medicine
RSVP: adler.museum@wits.ac.za
Prof. Bavesh Kana (pictured) is Co-Director of the DST/NRF Centre of Excellence for Biomedical TB Research at Wits. His presentation, "Can we find all the bacteria?", at the symposium of multidisciplinary research to eradicate TB, will include new developments in diagnosing and treating TB: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Up to 73% of reported TB cases in South Africa are also infected with HIV. SA has the world’s largest TB-HIV burden and TB is the #1 killer of HIV-infected people. [ Bit.ly Link ]
Up to 73% of reported TB cases in SA also have HIV. SA has the world’s largest TB-HIV burden. TB is the #1 killer among HIV-infected people. Learn more at the symposium on multidisciplinary research to eradicate TB: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Standard treatment for TB comprises four first-line antimicrobials [agents that kill microorganisms or inhibit their growth]: Isoniazid, rifampicin, pyrazinamide and ethambutol.

Treatment of drug sensitive TB takes six months.

Treatment of drug resistant TB can take up to two years.
Treatment for drug resistant TB can cause hearing loss.
There are three forms of drug-resistant TB:

1. MDR TB (Multidrug resistant TB)
2. XDR TB (Extensively drug-resistant TB
3. XXDR TB (Totally drug-resistant TB)

Drug resistance can develop through non-compliance to treatment.

Drug-resistant TB can also be transmitted.

Learn more about TB treatment at a symposium tomorrow: [ Bit.ly Link ]
#WorldWaterDay, on 22 March every year, is about taking action to tackle the water crisis. This year’s theme is wastewater: [ Worldwaterday.org Link ]

Instead of wasting wastewater, we need to reduce and reuse it.
Take action today.
#WitsCares
In the 19th Century TB was called Consumption or the White Plague because patients turned pale and died. [ Bit.ly Link ]
Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, John Keats, King Tut & the Brontë sisters had TB. George Orwell had TB when he wrote the bestseller "1984". [ Bit.ly Link ]