In addition, South Africa initiated a nationwide case-finding project, whereby health workers will visit the homes of at least half of known TB patients to detect TB and HIV and to assess the use of antenatal clinics and children's immunization status.
Lesotho has joined Swaziland and South Africa to eliminate TB as a threat to workers in our region's mines, where the disease is rampant.
Early detection and uninterrupted treatment are key to control and management of TB. With development partner support and community involvement, we can interrupt transmission of the disease.
Last year, the United States had nearly 11,000 new cases of TB. Most were among foreign-born individuals and U.S. citizens who travel overseas. In our small world, our fight is intimately related to your fight to eliminate TB in the United States.
With the new diagnostic technology now available, we have a genuine shot at eliminating this scourge from the face of the earth.