World Tuberculosis (TB) Day

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World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, 24 March 2017

The University of Zimbabwe Library joins the rest of the world in commemorating World Tuberculosis (TB) Day running under the theme; Unite to End TB: Live no one behind.

Tuberculosis (TB), the world’s top infectious disease killer, claims 5 000 lives each day. The heaviest burden is carried by communities which already face socio-economic challenges: migrants, refugees, prisoners, ethnic minorities, miners and others working and living in risk-prone settings, and marginalized women, children and older people. WHO has launched new ethics guidance to deal with TB.

The new ethics guidance, Protecting human rights, ethics and equity, are principles which underpin WHO’s End TB Strategy. Patients, communities, health workers, policy makers and other stakeholders frequently face conflicts and ethical dilemmas. The WHO tuberculosis (TB) ethics guidance, launched on 22 March 2017, aims to help ensure that countries implementing the End TB Strategy adhere to sound ethical standards to protect the rights of all those affected.

Unite to End TB: Leave no one behind

1 March 2017 -- 2017 is the second year of a two-year “Unite to End TB” campaign for World TB Day. This year, WHO places a special focus on uniting efforts to "Leave no one behind", including actions to address stigma, discrimination, marginalization and overcome barriers to access care.

Lives saved

49 million lives were saved through effective diagnosis and treatment, 2000-2015.

MDR-TB cases

480 000people developed multidrug-resistant TB in the world in 2015.

Funding

2 billion US dollars per year needed to fill resource gap for implementing existing TB interventions.

For more information follow the links below:

  1. 1.http://www.who.int/campaigns/tb-day/2017/en/
  2. 2.http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2017/world-tb-day/en/

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