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TB in South African Mines

TB in South African Mines

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Published by markleongoldber3215
A one pager on the problem of TB in the South African mining industry.
A one pager on the problem of TB in the South African mining industry.

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Published by: markleongoldber3215 on Nov 08, 2012
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A CHALLENGE TO A KEYSOUTHERN AFRICANECONOMIC SECTOR
BAD FOR COMMUNITIES, BAD FOR THE ECONOMY
In addition to the human toll, TB in themining sector results in huge healthcarecosts and greatly reduced productivity. The current cost o the TB epidemic in theSouth Arican mining sector is estimatedat US$ 886 million per year. However,implementing activities to tackle TB inmines would eliminate these costs andbring about increased productivity,resulting in a total nancial benet o US$ 783 million per year. (See section
Why invest in TB and mining 
on the next page.)Mine workers in South Arica have thehighest rate o tuberculosis (TB) in theworld, with an estimated 3 to 7 percento miners becoming ill with the diseaseeach year. The issue is regional. The mining industryin South Arica is heavily dependenton migrant workers rom surroundingcountries, particularly Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. Eachmigrant worker who returns home with TB spreads the disease to an estimated 15people in their community. An estimatedone third o TB inections in subSaharanArica are linked to mining activities.
Implementing bestpractice interventionscould yield a fnancialbeneft o 
US$ 783million a year
or minesand miners
 Tuberculosis and mining
Photo: David Rochkind/International Reporting Project

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