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Swaziland : Dual HIV and tuberculosis epidemic demands urgent action


Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) launches a report on the fight against a dual epidemic of tuberculosis (TB) and HIV that is devastating the southern African kingdom of Swaziland, cutting people’s life expectancy from 60 years to just 31.

The small kingdom of just over a million people is at the epicentre of a co-epidemic affecting the whole of southern Africa. In its report,“Fighting a dual epidemic: Treating TB and HIV in rural Swaziland”, the international medical organisation draws upon its experience since 2007 in the Shiselweni region to define the urgent practical action that must be taken in response to this major health emergency.