World TB Day took place on March 24, 2018. This year’s theme is ‘Unite to end TB”.

One third of the world’s population is infected with tuberculosis. It is the number 1 killer in South Africa.

A delegation from Diva Nutritional Products PTY (Ltd.) visited Living Hope in Capri, Cape Town and attended a presentation by facilitator Dimetre Vigis. Diva’s Tamaryn Carelse spoke to Sue Schoultz, TB and HIV co-ordinator to find out more.

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Patients suffering from TB are generally associated with an increased risk of nutritional deficiencies, which may influence the severity of the disease. The patient’s ability to utilise nutrients is adversely affected after they have contracted TB.

In addition, malnutrition and/or the availability of optimal nutrition may impact drug adherence and thus could diminish the effectiveness of the drug regimens taken by TB patients. A weakened immune system – caused by malnutrition – can be quickly and easily corrected by giving your body the nutrients it needs. Thus, nutritional intervention in combination with appropriate pharmaceutical therapy, can prevent malnutrition and potentially improve the outcome in malnourished TB patients.

Diva Nutritional Products (Pty) Ltd produces a range of cost effective supplements which address malnutrition in a wide range of patient profiles. Visit our website to find out more at: http://www.diva.co.za

To purchase supplements visit Tempus Dynamics at http://www.tempusdynamics.co.za

To find out more about Living Hope and the services they offer, visit http://www.livinghope.co.za