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Study shows a huge burden of undiagnosed disease in a rural SA district

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Source: The Conversation, 27 June 27, photo credit: Daily Maverick

South Africa’s massive effort over the years to test and treat people for HIV has drastically improved public health. But in that process, other diseases that are highly prevalent may have been neglected.

The country has been reporting lower rates HIV-related deaths. But more South Africans are presenting with noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. And tuberculosis (TB) remains the leading cause of death in people living with HIV.

We recently published the findings of research we did in a rural area of northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It aimed to get a clearer picture of the state of health and disease in the area and to identify the prevalence and overlap of infectious and noncommunicable diseases.

The ultimate goal is to design better interventions to improve people’s health.
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