2 million cases of multi-drug resistant TB expected by 2015
The estimated number of multi-drug resistant-TB cases in South Africa among notified pulmonary TB cases, as well as cases started on treatment (as reported to WHO in 2009) are shown on this graph.
The countries with the highest problem of drug-resistant TB are making progress against MDR-TB, the World Health Organisation says in a report released today.
“Towards Universal Access to Diagnosis and Treatment of MDR-TB and XDR-TB by 2015″ says that programmes funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria are “expected to diagnose and treat about 200 000 people for MDR-TB by 2015, a fourfold increase from those 50 000 patients who are currently undergoing treatment”.
“Many countries have made progress, but despite the recent scale up in efforts, the world needs to do much more to get care to all MDR-TB patients who need it,” says Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General.
WHO, the Global Fund and STOP TB Partnership appealed to world leaders ahead of World TB Day tomorrow “to step up their commitment and contributions to meet the goal of diagnosing and treating one million people with MDR-TB between 2011 and 2015 “.
“It is time for countries with rapidly growing economies and a heavy burden of MDR-TB to step up their commitment and financing for their own MDR-TB programmes. Several have the capacity to show new leadership on south-south cooperation and aid to neighbouring countries that are also affected,” says Dr Jorge Sampaio, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Stop TB.
WHO explains that MDR-TB is a form of TB that fails to respond to standard first-line drugs.
WHO reports in 2009: “That 9.4 million people became ill with TB and 1.7 million died, including 380 000 people with HIV-associated TB.
“There were some 440 000 cases of MDR-TB and 150 000 deaths in 2008, the latest year for which estimates are available.”http://blogs.timeslive.co.za/hiv/2011/0 ... d-by-2015/