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World Tuberculosis Day - Tuberculosis, the invisible pandemic

03-23-2021 01:05 PM CET | Health & Medicine

Press release from: World Infectious Disease Monitoring Organization

Tuberculosis - Woman in s Chittagong slum, Bangladesh

Tuberculosis - Woman in s Chittagong slum, Bangladesh

Tuberculosis is a disease that, every year, kills as many as COVID-19 does.

March 24, World Tuberculosis Day, marks the anniversary of a momentous occasion - the discovery of the bacterium which causes tuberculosis in 1882. More than a hundred years after its discovery, tuberculosis is still a global health crisis. It is the leading cause of death from a single infectious disease agent, killing close to as many people per year as COVID-19. Last year, tuberculosis killed 1.4 million people.

Tuberculosis or TB, occurs all around the world, but in 2019 a mere 30 countries accounted for 87% of new TB cases. Of these, eight countries accounted for two thirds of the total: India, Indonesia, China, the Philippines, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh, and South Africa.

Roughly 12 million people are infected by tuberculosis per year. These are frequently people living in impoverished conditions in high population density areas. While getting ill is extremely easy in these conditions, getting a diagnosis is proportionally difficult. Tuberculosis treatment is not cheap affair. Although in many high-burden countries first-line medications are free or heavily discounted, transportation to get to health centers or well-balanced meals are not.

10% of patients will develop resistance to the first-line drugs and treatment for drug-resistant TB can be far more painstaking. Frequently these drugs are not fully subsidized, putting them out of reach of people who cannot afford them but depend on them to be cured.

Help us support people in need. With your help we can provide access to diagnostics and essential medicines to those who need it.

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The World Infectious Disease Monitoring Organization (WoIDMo) is an NGO, that brings together a network of infectious disease specialists and individuals from around the world.

Our mission is to provide practical humanitarian aid to relieve the burden of infectious diseases, enhancing preparedness through programs that offer immediate help.

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