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The World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2021 Global Tuberculosis Report showed that the COVID-19 pandemic “severely impacted our fight against tuberculosis,” with TB deaths increasing for the first time in a decade. WHO

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DATELINE: 14 OCTOBER 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Wide shot, WHO headquarters exterior

14 OCTOBER 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Med shot, Dr Kasaeva reading report
3. Tilt up, Dr Kasaeva reading report
4. Close up, Dr Kasaeva reading report
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tereza Kasaeva, Director, Global TB Programme, World Health Organization (WHO):
“The Global tuberculosis report of this year shows that COVID-19 severely impacted our fight against tuberculosis. For the first time over the past decade, we can see growth in TB deaths. 1.5 million people died from TB last year, including more than 200,000 people with HIV.”
6. Various shots, Dr Kasaeva reading report
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tereza Kasaeva, Director, Global TB Programme, World Health Organization (WHO):
“Another message is related to the access to essential services and again, due to COVID impact, we can see that these gaps are growing, and 4.1 million people didn't receive access to timely diagnosis and lifesaving treatment.”
8. Med shot, Dr Kasaeva reading report
9. Close up, TB report
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tereza Kasaeva, Director, Global TB Programme, World Health Organization (WHO):
“We see that only one in each three people with drug-resistant TB received TB treatment. And we know that this category has more severe impact due to TB and poorer treatment outcomes.”
11. Wide shot, Dr Kasaeva reading report
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tereza Kasaeva, Director, Global TB Programme, World Health Organization (WHO):
“TB preventive treatment is another opportunity to protect people from tuberculosis, which is becoming even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic, and unfortunately again, we can see drops in comparison with the previous year by 21 percent in provision of TB preventive treatment.”
13. Tilt down, Dr Kasaeva reading report
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tereza Kasaeva, Director, Global TB Programme, World Health Organization (WHO):
“In terms of investments, again, the trends are not positive. We can see further drops in TB financing allocation of their resources from TB services, and we have less than 50 percent of those needed. At the same time, we see the high rates of catastrophic costs on the patients and their families and urgent actions, again, have to be undertaken.”
15. Various shots, Dr Kasaeva reading mobile version of report
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tereza Kasaeva, Director, Global TB Programme, World Health Organization (WHO):
“Less than 50 percent of the funding needed to provide services are available, and for TB research and innovation, we have less than one billion available, all this is becoming critical. And we see that the world is not on track to reach our high-level meeting on tuberculosis targets for 2022. And we have just one year left to the next UN General Assembly high level meeting in 2023.”
17. Various shots, Dr Kasaeva reading mobile version of report
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tereza Kasaeva, Director, Global TB Programme, World Health Organization (WHO):
“We are producing, as you know, the global TB report since 1997 and over 200 countries are reporting on an annual basis to us. This year, in comparison with previous years, we've managed to start collecting data on monthly and quarterly days from over 100 countries, and this number is growing. We are very pleased that it became possible even during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide this important reporting on the TB notification, which allows us to inform the decision makers, TB community stakeholders and funders about the gaps in TB care and how to fill these gaps and increase investments in TB response.”
19. Close up, TB report

STORYLINE:

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2021 Global Tuberculosis Report showed that the COVID-19 pandemic “severely impacted our fight against tuberculosis,” with TB deaths increasing for the first time in a decade.

The report released today (14 Oct) said that, in 2020, more people died from TB, with far fewer people being diagnosed and treated or provided with TB preventive treatment compared with 2019, and overall spending on essential TB services falling.

Dr Tereza Kasaeva, Director of WHO’s Global TB Programme said 1.5 million people died from TB last year, including more than 200,000 people with HIV. She said some 4.1 million people did not receive access to timely diagnosis and lifesaving treatment, adding that “only one in each three people with drug-resistant TB received TB treatment; and we know that this category has more severe impact due to TB and poorer treatment outcomes.”

Dr Kasaeva said, “TB preventive treatment is another opportunity to protect people from tuberculosis, which is becoming even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic, and unfortunately again, we can see drops in comparison with the previous year by 21 percent in provision of TB preventive treatment.”

The Global TB Programme Director investment trends are “not positive.” “We can see further drops in TB financing allocation of their resources from TB services, and we have less than 50 percent of those needed. At the same time, we see the high rates of catastrophic costs on the patients and their families and urgent actions, again, have to be undertaken,” she added.

Dr Kasaeva said less than 50 percent of the funding needed to provide services are available, “and for TB research and innovation, we have less than one billion available, all this is becoming critical. And we see that the world is not on track to reach our high-level meeting on tuberculosis targets for 2022. And we have just one year left to the next UN General Assembly high level meeting in 2023.”

The WHO official said, “We are producing, as you know, the global TB report since 1997 and over 200 countries are reporting on an annual basis to us. This year, in comparison with previous years, we've managed to start collecting data on monthly and quarterly days from over 100 countries, and this number is growing. We are very pleased that it became possible even during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide this important reporting on the TB notification, which allows us to inform the decision makers, TB community stakeholders and funders about the gaps in TB care and how to fill these gaps and increase investments in TB response.”

The report called on countries to put in place urgent measures to restore access to essential TB services. It further calls for a doubling of investments in TB research and innovation as well as concerted action across the health sector and others to address the social, environmental and economic determinants of TB and its consequences.
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