The Union has two official journals: the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and Public Health Action.

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Public Health Action

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Public Health Action is The Union's open access, online journal, which aims to disseminate new knowledge on health systems, public health and health services for vulnerable groups. It is sent to 53,000 recipients.

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Fast-Track Articles

In order to share scientific research of immediate concern as rapidly as possible, The Union is fast-tracking the publication of certain accepted articles from the IJTLD and PHA and publishing them in full on our website, prior to their publication in the Journals. Read fast-track articles:

Diagnosis patterns for rifampicin-resistant TB after onset of COVID-19

Published on 12 July 2021

In this recently accepted article for IJTLD, the authors found that RR-TB diagnosis decreased by 21–38% following the start of the pandemic. The results are disturbing and suggest that COVID-19 has had a sustained impact at a time when household transmission of TB/RR-TB might have increased due to ‘shelter at home’. The preprint is free to read.

Asymptomatic COVID-19 – implications for the control of transmission in South Africa

Published on 14 April 2021

The authors conducted a retrospective analysis to determine the proportion of asymptomatic COVID-19 in the workplace during lockdown in early 2020. Nearly 45% of cases were asymptomatic, which has implications for interventions, such as enforcing quarantine of all close contacts of COVID-19 cases regardless of symptoms.