An IFRC and Stop TB Partnership advocacy report /Towards a tuberculosis-free world
(TB), a disease that, despite being curable,continues to kill nearly 2 million people each year and infectaround 9 million.
to affordable and effectivediagnostics, treatment and care is urgently needed andshould be placed at the top of the health agenda in TB-endemic countries.
Strengthening local health systems – including theircapacity to detect and treat patients – is crucial foraddressing the rise of
multidrug-resistant and extensivelydrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB and XDR-TB)
, which are muchmore difcult – sometimes even impossible – to cure.
It’s high time that we move rapidly towards a goal ofzero deaths in patients with
TB and HIV co-infection
. In2009, TB accounted for one in ve deaths among peopleliving with HIV.
In some countries of sub-Saharan Africa, theHIV prevalence among people with TB can be as high as 80per cent.
Concrete actions are needed to scale up effective,integrated TB/HIV services and to tackle the factors thatincrease people’s vulnerability to TB and HIV co-infection.
Attaining the goal of eliminating TB will require
, adequate resources, and a focus on thepoorest and most vulnerable communities, who aredisproportionately affected by TB and whose precarioussituation is often exacerbated by the disease.
Red Cross or Red Crescent National Society
,as an auxiliary to its government, is a crucial connectionto
, and through its volunteers and staff hasthe capacity to empower people with TB and mobilizecommunities to take stronger participation in TB care.Governments and partners must capitalize on this toeffectively banish TB.