The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated on Monday that global spending for the fight against tuberculosis is largely insufficient to give hope of restarting the fight against the disease, a years-long battle wrought by Covid-19. after. Targets set for 2022 for the United Nations Health Agency. are in danger mainly due to paucity of funds,
According to WHO data released ahead of World Tuberculosis Day (24 March), global spending on TB detection, treatment and prevention in 2020 was half of the global target of $13 billion annually.
, Urgent investment is needed to develop and expand access to the most innovative services and tools to prevent, detect and treat TB, which could save millions of lives each year, reduce inequalities and can prevent huge economic losses.WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement.
, These investments provide huge returns on investment for countries and donors.“, especially by making it possible to reduce the costs associated with health care, he said.
In research and development in the field of tuberculosis, the WHO estimates that the world should invest $1.1 billion more globally.
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Disruptions to health services due to the COVID-19 pandemic have reversed years of global progress in the fight against tuberculosis, a disease caused by the tubercle bacillus that most commonly affects the lungs.
Deaths linked to the disease have started to rise again, for the first time in more than ten years, the WHO announced in mid-October.
From 2018 to 2020, 20 million people received treatment for TB. This represents 50% of the five-year target set for 40 million people.
During the same period, 8.7 million people received preventive treatment against tuberculosis. This is 29 per cent of the target set at 30 million for 2018-2022.
The situation for children and adolescents is even worse.
In 2020, 63% of children and young adolescents under the age of 15 with TB remained off the radar of health systems or were not officially reported to have access to testing and treatment services. For children under the age of 5 the proportion was even higher – 72%.
, Children and adolescents with TB lag behind adults in access to TB prevention and careDr. Tereza Kaseva, director of the WHO Global Tuberculosis Program, said.
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