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Towards a tuberculosis-free world

Towards a tuberculosis-free world

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This advocacy report focuses on TB and calls unequivocally for more information on the disease, more funding for TB research, more people to be tested, more people to be treated, more resources and better welfare for the poor. It also offers National Red Cross Red Crescent Societies, and you the reader, an advocacy tool that can be used to bring about change for the years ahead as together we commit to ridding the world of this ancient disease once and for all.
This advocacy report focuses on TB and calls unequivocally for more information on the disease, more funding for TB research, more people to be tested, more people to be treated, more resources and better welfare for the poor. It also offers National Red Cross Red Crescent Societies, and you the reader, an advocacy tool that can be used to bring about change for the years ahead as together we commit to ridding the world of this ancient disease once and for all.

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Published by: International Committee of the Red Cross on Mar 23, 2011
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Towards
 
a tuberculosis-freeworld
Advocacy repor
March 2011
www.ifrc.orgSaving lives, changing minds.
In partnership with
 
Contents
Key messages 3A call to action 4Preface 4Foreword 5
Introduction and background 6Chapter 1: The magnitude of the epidemic 8
Multidrug-resistant and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis 9HIV and other diseases worsen susceptibility to TB 10TB in prison settings:Stopping a killer that can’t be kept behind bars 12The burden of the disease 14
Chapter 2: The call to action 16
Preventable and treatable 16Public health and development priorities 17
Chapter 3: The Red Cross Red Crescent response 18
Engaging with care providers and the community 19
Chapter 4: Obstacles and opportunities 20
Partnership 21Funding global TB control 22
Towards a turning point 23
Case studies*
1. South Africa:The real social value of our volunteers 62. India:The vicious circle of poverty, alcohol and TB 73. China:Red Cross project contributes to preventing MDR-TB 94. Ukraine:Nursing an ideal 105. South Africa: Addressing the high rate of TB and HIV co-infection 116. Azerbaijan:Fighting TB in prisons pays off 137. India:How Iqbal was treated like a pariah 158. Russia:“I will do all I can to complete my treatment” 169. Turkmenistan:Red Crescent intensies efforts against TB 1710. Tajikistan:Thousands of hearts full of mercy 1811. Myanmar:Red Cross volunteers help people ght off TB 1912. South Africa and Swaziland:TB media tour, January 2011 2013. Kazakhstan: Alexander’s story from convict to volunteer 2114. Russia:Psychosocial care for TB patients 2215. South Africa:The story of TB survivor Gerry Elsdon,the IFRC’s global ambassador for TB 23
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 An IFRC and Stop TB Partnership advocacy report /Towards a tuberculosis-free world
March 2011
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Key messages
 
Tuberculosis
(TB), a disease that, despite being curable,continues to kill nearly 2 million people each year and infectaround 9 million.
1
 
Universal access
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 difcult – sometimes even impossible – to cure.
2
 
 
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.
3
In some countries of sub-Saharan Africa, theHIV prevalence among people with TB can be as high as 80per cent.
4
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
strongpolitical will
, 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.
 
Each
Red Cross or Red Crescent National Society
,as an auxiliary to its government, is a crucial connectionto
civil society
, 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.

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