Unite to end tuberculosis!
With a staggering number of 1.8 million deaths in 2015, tuberculosis is one of the ten most common causes of death in the whole world.
Even though the numbers of tuberculosis related deaths are slowly decreasing, they aren’t doing so fast enough. This is why the World Health Organization (WHO) urges the world to “Unite to end TB” on World Tuberculosis Day March 24.
Tuberculosis mainly affects the lungs of those infected. It is caused by bacteria which spreads through the air. The bacteria travel through sneezes, spit and coughing.
One of the biggest problems with tuberculosis is that the symptoms are very mild in the beginning.
This means that people can live with the illness for months before understanding they’re ill. The risk of infecting others is therefore high, as it takes very little for the bacteria to spread.
Tuberculosis is most common in developing countries, but can be found all over the world.
Diagnosing tuberculosis is generally a time-consuming and unreliable process, as it’s done manually with microscopes. But in 2015, a new method of diagnosing tuberculosis was introduced.
The new method is much more time-efficient than the traditional way of manually looking for the bacteria. The hope is that the new method will make it easier to detect tuberculosis and, in turn, treat it.
With treatment, people infected with tuberculosis can be cured. WHO estimates that over 49 million people have been cured from the disease since 2000. However, with more than 10 million people becoming infected with tuberculosis in 2015 alone, there’s still much work to do.
This year’s World Tuberculosis Day focuses on the theme “Leave no one behind”. The theme aims to challenge the stigma surrounding the disease, as well as raise awareness about the social and economic barriers that those infected with tuberculosis face.
The goal is to make treatment and quality care more accessible to those infected, something we at Trialbee feel very strongly about!
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