The coming months present a series of major opportunities to catalyse this political will.
He is a wanted man, a target permanently on his back and an eye permanently cast over his shoulder because of the risk he takes day in, day out. Mohammad’s job? He vaccinates children. Mohammed Naseem is the Head of Mission, HealthNet TPO, Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, polio vaccinators are regularly threatened, intimidated, beaten and even killed.
But TB is an airborne, bacterial illness and the risk of contracting it increases with crowded living conditions, malnutrition and other infections such as HIV. All of this is complicated by emerging drug-resistant forms of the disease which are costlier and more complicated to treat. While TB rates are falling around the world this is not happening as quickly as for other major illnesses, and the Asia-Pacific carries over 60% of the world’s TB burden.
TB does not discriminate and can affect people regardless of their status in society. Because TB is air borne, the only guaranteed way not to get TB is not to breath. TB does not respect boarders or stop at your front door, if it is in your community it can easily come into your home, something I can tell you from experience nobody wants to have happen.
Today is World TB (Tuberculosis) Day, the anniversary of the day in 1882 when the German physician Robert Koch discovered Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes TB. As it has been for several thousand years, TB continues to be a serious cause of death and disability
If anyone wondered why millions of women around the globe marched on the weekend at women’s marches, that question is your answer. Women are still treated very differently to men in our society and that needs to change.
The World Bank has identified a number of encouraging outcomes expected from the IDA pledge, including: providing health and nutrition services for up to 400 million people; access to improved water for up to 45 million people; safe childbirth for up to 11 million women; training for 9-10 million teachers and immunisation of 130-180 million children.
Maree is in very esteemed company with the other Impact25 winners. We congratulate all the winners who have been recognised for their work in the community.
Of the many issues relevant to international development and poverty reduction, which would you rank as being the most important?