A new report by WHO in the “Global Tuberculosis Report, 2013” states that Tuberculosis (TB) treatment has saved the lives of more than 22 million people. This report also reveals that the number of people who fall ill with TB had reduced in 2012 to 8.6 million and the global TB deaths also decreased to 1.3 million.
This new data show that the world in on the right track to meet the goal of 2015 UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which is targeting to reverse the TB incidence along with the target of a 50% reduction in the mortality rate by 2015.
This new report has underlined the need for a quantum leap in TB care and also to control which can only be achieved if two major challenges are addressed. The fact sheets say that around three million people are currently missed by health systems and also to top that, the response to test and to treat those who are affected by multidrug resistant TB is inadequate. Then the lack of proper resources for Tuberculosis also happens to be at the heart of the matter. Moreover the TB programmes do not have the capability to find and care for people who are out of reach, means outside the health system.
WHO Director of the Global Programme, Dr. Mario Raviglione said, “Quality TB care for millions worldwide has driven down TB deaths, but far too many people are still missing out on such care and are suffering as a result. They are not diagnosed, or not treated, or information on the quality of care they receive is unknown.”
The WHO also reported five priority points that will help to make a difference by 2015.
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