The World Health Organisation’s Regional Director for Africa, , in a message to commemorate the World TB Day that is observed on March 24, each year, expressed worries over rising TB deaths, saying that about 36 per cent of all tuberculosis (TB) deaths happen in Africa as a result of failure to invest in its response by key stakeholders.
Increased investment can be a game-changer, and alleviate the preventable suffering and death of millions of people, she said.
Moeti noted that the day was to raise public awareness and understanding about one of the global deadliest infectious diseases.
She said that the UN High-Level world leaders had agreed to mobilise 13 billion dollars per year to finance TB prevention and treatment by 2022.
The WHO regional director added that the world leaders also promised another two billion dollars per year for TB research in the face of growing concerns around drug-resistant TB while calling on governments to mobilise additional domestic financial support for TB control, including contributions to the Global Fund.
According to her, the world saw an increase in the number of global TB deaths for the first time in over a decade in 2021, adding that contributing factors included reduced access to TB diagnosis and treatment in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.