Rapid diagnostics and life-saving drugs helps fight TB

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A doctor examines X-rays of patients at the Beijing Chest Hospital in China.WHO/Nick Otto

An innovative project that helps diagnose all forms of tuberculosis earlier and faster is improving the chances of people getting treatment and being cured.

The World Health Organization or WHO made the announcement ahead of World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on 24 March.

The project also known as EXPAND-TB has helped triple the number of multi-drug resistant TB cases diagnosed in the 27 participating countries.

However, the global burden remains huge and significant challenges persist.

Around one in three people or an estimated 3 million people are currently being "missed" by health systems.

WHO has called for further action this year to reach these "missing millions" by asking countries to ensure everyone has access to TB diagnosis, testing and treatment.

World TB Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about the burden of TB worldwide and the status of TB prevention and control efforts.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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