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Tuberculosis in Africa

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Public Health Laboratories to Help Stop Spread of Disease

A new network of public health labs in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda will help improve access to diagnostic services for vulnerable populations living in East Africa's cross-border areas. Read more ...

World Bank initiative expected to spur progress on TB diagnosis in East Africa

The Stop TB Partnership today welcomed the announcement by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors that it will provide US$ 63.66 million to Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda to create a regional network of 25 public health laboratories. Read more ...

Tackling Tuberculosis in Africa

When 45-year-old Rene Djoko checked into the Jamot Hospital, the premier referral facility for complicated TB cases in Yaounde, Cameroon, he was weak, had a persistent cough, and was unable to work. Read more ...

TB: Know the Facts

  • WHAT is TB? A mycobacterium disease that usually affects the lungs, but can affect any organ or tissue.
  • WHERE does TB occur? TB is worldwide and approximately 30% of active cases are in Africa. In 2010, approximately 1.4 million people died from TB – including 350,000 people with HIV.
  • WHO can TB affect? Everyone, but those persons who are immune compromised, such as persons living with HIV, are particularly vulnerable. TB is the leading killer among people infected with HIV.
  • HOW is TB transmitted? TB is usually transmitted through exposure to airborne droplets containing the mycobacterium.
  • WHEN can a person be exposed to TB? When persons with active cases of the disease cough, sneeze, sing or engage in other activities which result in them exhaling the bacilli.
  • WHY is the World Bank doing work in TB? Because TB is a major cause of death and disability worldwide and it is a disease that is both CURABLE and PREVENTABLE.

WHO Tuberculosis Fact Sheet 2011/2012

Last updated: 2010-06-01

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