United to end tuberculosis

World TB Day
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The World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, held on March 24th, is the occasion to highlight the significant progress in the fight against TB. Thanks to research and efficient vaccination campaigns, 43 million lives have been saved since 2000.

However, it’s also an opportunity to take stock of a battle only half-won, as 4,000 people are still dying every day from tuberculosis, mostly in developing countries.

To fight against one of the deadliest infectious disease in the world, the World Health Organization (WHO) calls on countries and partners to unite to address the different challenges faced by infected patients and health institutions. This means taking an approach that looks at society as a whole, and is multidisciplinary, in the context of universal health coverage.

As historic actor in the fight against tuberculosis and WHO’s longstanding partner, Sanofi has collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta (USA) to simplify the treatment of latent tuberculosis that concerns about 9 out of 10 infected people. The group also works with TB Alliance, a non-profit organization, to identify new medicines that are effective against all forms of tuberculosis, including multi-resistant forms. 

These collective efforts aim at answering the WHO’s ambitious objective to end tuberculosis by 2030. To do so, the strategy is to reduce TB deaths by 90% and to cut new cases by 80% between 2015 and 2030.

 

read the article on The WHO website

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