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WHO study shows return of $39 for every dollar invested in fighting TB

Relatively small new investments could result in significant health and economic benefits, with up to $39 in benefits for every dollar invested, the UN agency said, announcing the findings of a study in Brazil, Georgia, in Kenya and South Africa.

The benefits go beyond money, encompassing substantial improvements in public health outcomes and mitigation of the devastating impact of tuberculosis on individuals, families and communities.

“The investment case outlines the health and economic rationale for investing in evidence-based, WHO-recommended interventions for TB screening and prevention. that can help advance universal health coverage” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

“Today, we have the knowledge, tools and political commitment that can end this age-old disease it remains one of the world’s leading deadly infectious diseases.

Crucial advocacy tool

Although significant progress has been made in the fight against the disease, with approximately 75 million lives saved since 2000, tuberculosis continues to cause approximately 1.3 million deaths per year and affects millions more worldwide.

Additionally, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is a growing public health problem, with only around two in five people having access to treatment in 2022.

Progress in the development of new diagnostics, drugs and vaccines against tuberculosis remains limited by the overall level of investment in these areas, WHO said, adding that it is clear that much more needs to be done to combat tuberculosis.

In this context, its investment case should serve as a key advocacy tool to secure increased resources for TB screening and preventive treatment, in line with commitments made by governments at the High-Level Meeting on TB of 2023.

World Tuberculosis Day 2024

As the global community prepares for World Tuberculosis Day on March 24, the theme Yes! We can end TB!The message reiterates the importance of high-level leadership, increased investment and accelerated adoption of important recommendations, WHO said.

The next five years will be crucial to ensure that current political momentum is translated into concrete actions to achieve the global TB goals,” said Tereza Kasaeva, Director of the Global TB Program at WHO.

“WHO will continue to provide global leadership in the TB response, working with all stakeholders until we reach and save every person, family and community affected by this deadly disease.”

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