We need to redouble efforts to eradicate tuberculosis by 2035

  • April 8, 2015
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tuberculosisIn 2013 more than 9 million people were diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) and more than 1.5 million died because of this disease. This numbers show that there is still much to be done to eradicate TB.

The Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Ban Ki-moon, called on Tuesday to step up efforts against TB to meet the goal of eradicating the disease by 2035. However, not everything is negative, between 2000 and 2013 more than 37 million lives were saved thanks to the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis, a great achievement in terms of global health.

According to the UN, the world not only is able to slow down the progression of the disease, but to finished it completely within next 20 years. At the same time, the UN made it clear that success “is not guaranteed”, because about 9 million people acquired the disease and 1.5 million died in 2013.

“I call on Governments, TB- affected communities and health providers to intensify efforts and support the strategy established in 2014 by the World Health Organization to put an end to this global epidemic in the next two decades”. Ban Ki-moon said.

To achieve this goal it is necessary to combat the resistance to disease drugs and, above all, work hard to eradicate poverty, since it is a factor that endangers the lives of millions of people around the world, not only to contract TB, but other infections such as HIV, among others. Unfortunately, tuberculosis was noted mainly in vulnerable populations, such as people with few resources, which do not have access to health, women, children, prisoners and people with HIV.

Source: http://www.eltiempo.com/estilo-de-vida/salud/tuberculosis-onu-pide-mas-esfuerzos-para-erradicarla-en-2035/15455021