Drug resistant TB on the rise worldwide

Tuberculosis is on the rise. By 2015 there will be more than two million new cases of TB.

That’s up from 440,000 cases in 2009. The news comes on the eve of World TB Day. Global efforts to contain the disease are being set back by the rapid spread of drug resistant strains of TB, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The WHO’s Dr. Mario Raviglione says 27 countries including Russia, South Africa, Nigeria and Pakistan carry nearly 85 per cent of the multidrug- resistant TB cases reported worldwide.

“MDR-TB action plans now fortunately exist in most of the 27 countries. Funding in budget terms has actually increased from 100 million in 2009 to 500 million in 2011. However when we look at the estimated need in the global plan to stop TB for the response to MDR-TB we are talking of 900 million so we are at roughly half of it. The commitment by some countries are too slow off the mark or simply stalled.”

WHO is asking for more funding and says a lack of money means only one out of ten people with drug resistant TB is currently receiving treatment.

Duration: 33″

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