The World Health Organization 2011 Global Tuberculosis Control report has indicated that, for the first time in two decades, there is a decline in Tuberculosis (TB) epidemic, with great evidence from China, India and seventeen African countries including Kenya and Tanzania.
The 16th global report on TB Published by using data reported by 198 countries that account for 99% of world TB cases was announced by WHO epidemiologist in Washington, yesterday.
The report showed that the number of people who fell ill with TB cases dropped to 8.8 million in 2010 after reaching its peak at 9 million in 2005 while TB death fell to 1.4 million in 2010 from 1.8 in 2003.
‘Fewer people are dying of TB and fewer people are falling ill. This is a cause for celebration’, U.N Secretary, Ban Ki-moon said.
The report also indicated a global decline of 40% within 1990 and 2010.
In 2010, 1.1 million living with HIV develop TB with 82% of them Africans.
Much of the progress in Africa are seen in Tanzania and Kenya where burden of TB is estimated to have been declining much in the last decade.
“We are seeing a significant benchmark in the control of the epidemic. This is a sign that the commitment and investment in TB has paid off,” said Mario Bariglione, Head of WHO, Stop TB Department.
Established in 2001, the Stop TB Department by WHO in partnership with International organization, countries, donors from the public and private sectors as well as NGO and Governmental organization to establish a world free of TB and eliminate TB as a public health problem.
To enjoy a better tomorrow, a clarion call is therefore made to African government and leaders to put more effort in combating TB.