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Global Efforts To Detect, Treat, Prevent TB Falling Short, Report Shows; ‘Massive Scale-Up’ Needed To Reach 2030 Goals, WHO DG Chan Says

Deutsche Welle: WHO: World needs to fight harder against tuberculosis
“On Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) presented its annual tuberculosis report in Washington, D.C. The main message: the world isn’t doing enough to stop the dangerous infectious disease…” (Bleiker, 10/13).

The Guardian: Tuberculosis kills three people a minute as case numbers rise
“Tuberculosis is killing more people than thought, yet governments are not doing enough to bring the debilitating infectious disease under control, the World Health Organization has said. … The disease claims the lives of 1.8 million people worldwide each year, not the 1.5 million it was previously thought…” (Boseley, 10/13).

HealthDay: Global Efforts to Combat TB Epidemic Falling Short
“…Lack of testing and the under-reporting of new TB cases remain an ongoing issue in the fight against the disease, according to the report. Of the estimated 10.4 million new cases in 2015, only six million were detected and officially notified…” (Dallas, 10/13).

Huffington Post: An Entirely Curable Disease Is A Top 10 Killer Around The World
“…For the second year in a row, TB was the world’s top killer among infectious diseases, surpassing HIV/AIDS. Last year, 1.1 million people died from HIV/AIDS — and 400,000 of those deaths involved coinfections of tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS…” (Weber, 10/13).

NPR: World Health Organization Warns Tuberculosis Is Not Under Control
“…At the World Health Assembly in 2014, leaders from around the world agreed to the twin goals of reducing deaths from the respiratory infection by 90 percent and cases by 80 percent by 2030, compared to 2015 levels. But in a report released Thursday, the WHO announced the number of reported cases actually grew between 2013 and 2015…” (Hersher, 10/13).

Science: New global tuberculosis numbers paint troubling picture
“…Six nations — India, China, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, and South Africa — account for 60 percent of the total TB cases in the world. ‘The rate of progress in these countries will have a major influence on whether or not’ public health experts reach 2020 goals for fighting the disease, the report states. Those milestones include reducing the number of new cases and deaths in 2015 by 20 percent and 35 percent, respectively…” (Cohen, 10/13).

Science Speaks: WHO Global TB Report: New data raises estimates of illness, death
“…The new data with raised estimates came from improved tuberculosis surveillance methods in India, including through household survey information, private health sector sales of anti-tuberculosis medicines, and new analysis of death records. Of the six countries that are home to 60 percent of the world’s TB burden, India is at the top, in terms of absolute numbers and rates, and depends the most on international funding. And international funding continues to be inadequate, the report says…” (Aziz, 10/13).

U.N. News Centre: ‘Massive scale-up’ needed if global targets on tuberculosis are to be met — top U.N. health official
“Highlighting ‘considerable’ inequalities among countries when it comes to enabling people with tuberculosis to access cost-effective diagnosis and treatment, a new United Nations health report has called for political commitment and increased funding to prevent, detect, and treat the disease if global targets are to be met. … ‘There must be a massive scale-up of efforts, or countries will continue to run behind this deadly epidemic and these ambitious goals will be missed,’ [WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said]…” (10/13).

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