Elimination of TB targeted in over 30 countriesListen /
A new framework to eliminate tuberculosis or TB in countries with low levels of the disease has been launched by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The organization says that there are 33 countries and territories around the world where there are fewer than 100 TB cases per million people.
They include the United States, Canada, Australia and Switzerland but also the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Costa Rica and Cuba.
TB is a curable but potentially fatal infectious disease that typically attacks the lungs.
The framework outlines an initial "pre-elimination" phase, aiming to have fewer than 10 new TB cases per million people per year by 2035 in the target countries.
Dr Mario Raviglione is Director of the Global TB Programme at (WHO)
“Thirty-three countries host today still 155 000 cases of tuberculosis per year and some 10 000 deaths per year, which means 30 deaths per day. Most of them believe actually, if you talk to the general public of these countries, most of them believe that TB is a disease of the past, that they don’t have it anymore.”
The new framework was adapted from the new WHO global TB strategy.
The strategy aims to reduce global TB incidence by 90% and end the global TB epidemic.
Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.