Pacific Island Region On Track To Meet TB MDG, Drug-Resistance Remains A Threat
Experts at the Fifth Pacific Stop TuberculosisÂ Meeting in Nadi, Fiji,Â concluded that the Pacific Islands region is on track to meet the Millennium Development Goal of halving TB prevalence by 2015, All Headline News reports in an article about the meeting, which recently concluded.
Regional specialists noted thatÂ “the emergence of drug-resistant strains and concentrations of the disease in some areas makes it a continuing threat and a high priority for countries and territories,” according to the news service (Tudrau-Tamani, 5/11). A press release from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) states that there are about 18,000 reported cases of TB in the region each year. TheÂ area’sÂ 190 cases per 100,000 people is “2.5 times higher than that of the wider WHO Western Pacific region,”Â which recordsÂ 76 casesÂ per 100,000 people (5/12).
TheÂ meeting “brought together 85 participants from national TB programs in 19 Pacific Island countries and territories,” All Headline News writes. Technical experts from theÂ SPC, the WHO, CDC, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria participated in the meeting (5/11).