Cost of adult drug-susceptible tuberculosis treatment in South Africa’s public sector

By  Kamban Hirasen  Caroline Mandimika  Clive Ramushu  Daniel Letswalo  Sinethemba Madlala  Hazel Tau  Refiloe Cele  Dr. Denise Evans  Dr Gesine Meyer-Rath  |  | 


With over 180 000 tuberculosis (TB) cases reported in 2021, South Africa is one of six countries accounting for 60% of the global TB burden, and faces severe economic pressure in providing adequate treatment for those infected. To inform the National Department of Health’s TB budget, we aimed to provide updated cost estimates for routine TB treatment.

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