Published on June 14, 2011 by

Unbalanced strategies do not work

In South Africa, the tuberculosis infector pool is growing rapidly because neither the epidemic nor the fundamentals of control are clearly understood. The central issue in the strategy to control tuberculosis in South Africa is an understanding of the nature and extent of the infector pool and the dynamics of its maintenance and expansion. The combination of the unrestricted spread of HIV and an ineffective unbalanced tuberculosis control strategy is deadly. This article gives some (historic) background on the issue of the infector pool and proposes a way forward for tuberculosis control.