SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

Stop TB Partnership aims to save lives

Stop TB Partnership aims to save lives | Courtesy of myvmc.org

The Stop TB Partnership recently launched a new program to save 10 million lives and avoid 45 million cases of tuberculosis (TB).

The five-year investment plan has a goal of eliminating TB by the end of the 22nd century. Now that there is a clear investment plan, health experts are optimistic about eliminating the disease.

"The Global Plan makes it clear that what is needed to end TB is a paradigm shift -- a change in the way we fight TB at every level, in every community, in every health facility, in every country," South Africa Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, the chair of the Stop TB Partnership's coordinating board, said. "TB has always been a disease of poverty, and a litmus test for our commitment to social equality and health for all. Unfortunately, its longevity has created a sense of acceptance that it is here to stay and a sense of complacency. The Global Plan to End TB 2016-2020 sets out to smash this status quo, and provides a way to address these challenges though scaling up and integrating TB care into a wider health and community system approach, to eliminate poverty, and build healthy, sustainable societies."

TB is the world’s largest infectious killer. Approximately 1.5 million people die from TB each year, making it vital for the health industry to discover a solution soon.

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