Jo Chandler travelled to Nigeria on a media delegation organised by RESULTS. In a crowded square in the ancient Nigerian city of Kano, outside the palace of one of the Emir’s princelings, a menagerie of community leaders gathered this spring to combat an age-old foe.
Many low-income countries face significant challenges to their capacity to fund priority health areas in the next five years, according to a new report. The report, Progress in Peril? The changing landscape of global health financing, says in the next five years at least 24 low-income countries are facing a “transition” period when they will lose external financing, often from multiple sources, because their economies have grown.
Recently, the World Bank updated its thresholds for the different income groups by which countries are classified. The threshold for moving between low-income and lower-middle income status is now $US 1,005 per capita, while countries move to upper middle-income status at $US 3,956 per capita and high-income status at $US 12,236 per capita.
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.
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.