Free of TB is an NGO aimed at raising funds to fight the epidemic in South Africa.
We would appreciate any donations.
Our tax exempt number is PBO registration no:930049193, which means your donations are tax deductible.
Upon receipt of a donation the necessary documentation will be forwarded to the donor.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a major global health problem. It causes ill-health among millions of people each year and ranks alongside the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) as a leading cause of death worldwide. In 2014, there were an estimated 9.6 million new TB cases: 5.4 million among men, 3.2 million among women and 1.0 million among children. There were also 1.5 million TB deaths (1.1 million among HIV-negative people and 0.4 million among HIV-positive people), of which approximately 890 000 were men, 480 000 were women and 140 000 were children. The number of TB deaths is unacceptably high: with a timely diagnosis and correct treatment, almost all people with TB can be cured.
HIV-positive TB mortality
HIV positive TB incident cases
Dheda K, Limberis JD, Pietersen E, Phelan J, Esmail A, Lesosky M, Fennelly KP, Te Riele J, Mastrapa B, Streicher EM, Dolby T, Abdallah AM, Ben-Rached F, Simpson J, Smith L, Gumbo T, van Helden P, Sirgel FA, McNerney R, Theron G, Pain A, Clark TG, Warren RM. Lancet Respir Med. 2017 Jan 18. pii: S2213-2600(16)30433-7. doi: 10.1016/S2213-2600(16)30433-7. [Epub ahead of print]
Peter JG, Zijenah LS, Chanda D, Clowes P, Lesosky M, Gina P, Mehta N, Calligaro G, Lombard CJ, Kadzirange G, Bandason T, Chansa A, Liusha N, Mangu C, Mtafya B, Msila H, Rachow A, Hoelscher M, Mwaba P, Theron G, Dheda K. Lancet. 2016 Mar 19;387(10024):1187-97. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(15)01092-2. Epub 2016 Mar 10
Free of TB is headed by Prof Keertan Dheda [MBBcH (Wits), FCP (SA), FCCP, PhD (Lond), FRCP (Lond)], who is Professor of Respiratory Medicine, Director of the Lung Infection and Immunity Unit (LIIU), Head of the Division of Pulmonology in the Department of Medicine at the University of Cape Town and adjunct member of the Institute of Infectious Diseases and Molecular Medicine at UCT, and Visiting Professor at UCL. He has been the recipient of several prestigious awards including the 2014 Oppenheimer Award, the 2014 NSTF BHP-Billiton Research award, the 2013 MRC Scientific Achievement Award (Gold), and the 2010 International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease Scientific Award. He holds or has held several multi-national grants as the principal investigator including those from the EU, EDCTP and the NIH. He has published over 190 peer-reviewed papers including 4 first or senior author publications in The Lancet (see key publications above). He holds 3 patents related to new TB diagnostic or infection control technologies, one of which is currently being developed as a user-friendly test for extra-pulmonary tuberculosis.
Family Physician at Brooklyn Chest Hospital,
Metro TB Hospital Complex University of Cape Town
MILLION TB cases
MILLION male TB cases
MILLION female TB cases
MILLION children TB cases