“I was delighted to represent RESULTS at the announcement of these initiatives in Brisbane on the weekend. Funding to expand research in the areas of tuberculosis and malaria treatment is much needed in Australia and the Pacific region which holds 60 per cent of the global burden.”
The World’s top tuberculosis official, UN Envoy Dr Eric Goosby, arrives in Australia today to highlight the urgent threat posed by multi-drug resistant tuberculosis on Australia’s doorstep, in southern Papua New Guinea.
Sue Packham | Sunraysia Daily | 10 April 2017
Tania Rivera Hernandez | The Daily Telegraph | 28 March 2017
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
Grassroots Engagement Manager Gina Olivieri shares what RESULTS advocates will be doing this month
Dr Michelle Imison attended the TB Union in Liverpool and reports on using advocacy at a scientific conference.