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Newton project to find solutions in dealing with TB, HIV/Aids

Local scientists will be teaming up with their British counterparts as part of a multimillion rand project.

Local scientists will be teaming up with their British counterparts as part of a multimillion rand project. Picture: sxc.hu.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Medical Research Council believes answers to some questions around non communicable diseases will soon be found.

Local scientists will be teaming up with their British counterparts as part of a multimillion rand program announced on Tuesday in Cape Town.

The Newton programme will see experts trying to find solutions to effectively dealing with diseases like tuberculosis (TB) and HIV/AIDS.

The council's Glenda Gray says, "In terms of the non-communicable diseases we have found that in Africa people may have different absorption and drugs maybe more or less effective and we might be making mistakes.

"So this allows us the opportunity to investigate whether the drug doses are as effective in South Africa as they are in the UK."