Skip to content

22 million lives saved, 56 million people treated in global TB efforts

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
7/7/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

World must remain vigilant as respiratory illness still plagues developing nations

While the world and the international medical community must remain ever vigilant, the World Health Organization, or WHO says that some 22 million lives were saved and 56 million people were successfully treated after Tuberculosis was declared a global health emergency in 1993.

Archbishop Zimowski commended the summit agenda for considering approaches that have been already proven successful in charting future plans to eradicate the disease from the world.

Archbishop Zimowski commended the summit agenda for considering approaches that have been already proven successful in charting future plans to eradicate the disease from the world.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
7/7/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: Tuberculosis, World Health Organization, battle plan


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - A Vatican official told an international meet on the killer disease in Rome last week that this success does not give room for complacency. TB continues to kill millions of people throughout the world, Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers said. The archbishop spoke at the opening of the Global Consultation Meeting on the Elimination of Tuberculosis in Countries with a Low Incidence of the Disease.

An estimated 8.6 million cases were reported and 1.3 million people died from tuberculosis worldwide in 2012. TB mostly preys upon the most vulnerable: women, children, migrants, prisoners, homeless and in a disproportionate way those living with HIV/AIDS.

Light up the darkness -- by going here --

Both the WHO and the European Respiratory Society, the joint organizers of the July 4-5 summit, have formed a new framework to eliminate tuberculosis in countries with low levels of the disease at the summit.

Zimowski commended the summit agenda for considering approaches that have been already proven successful in charting future plans to eradicate the disease from the world.

The organization has launched a "Stop TB Strategy" that aimed to reduce the global burden of disease by 2015, in line with the Millennium Development Goals. The plan ensures that all patients benefit from universal access to high-quality diagnosis and patient-centered treatment. The strategy also supports the development of new and effective tools to prevent, detect and treat TB.

These efforts have helped the world body to achieve the 2015 goal of expanding the tuberculosis care and control globally, halt and reverse the incidence of the disease in several countries.

As many as 33 countries and territories in the Americas, the Eastern Mediterranean Region and the Western Pacific Region now report fewer than 100 Tuberculosis cases in every 1 million people.

While this news is "indeed encouraging," the number of affected people worldwide, millions of deaths due to tuberculosis, the problem of multidrug-resistance and the HIV-associated tuberculosis pose great challenges for the global community, the archbishop said. Africa reports 75 percent of the HIV-associated tuberculosis.

"Combating this killer disease requires the concerted efforts of not only the policy makers and the medical world, but also engagement with civil society organizations and communities to create working partnerships," the archbishop asserted.

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for APRIL 2017
Young People.
That young people may respond generously to their vocations and seriously consider offering themselves to God in the priesthood or consecrated life.


Comments


More Health

Has the Fountain of Youth FINALLY been discovered? Watch

Image of Can umbilical cord plasma reverse the brain's aging?

A new Stanford study revealed what many believe could be the first step to a true cure for aging. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The ... continue reading


Can cancer REALLY be cured by a simple vitamin? Watch

Image of Can vitamins really cure cancer?

Scientists believe an extremely high dose of one vitamin may be the cure for cancer. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - There have been ... continue reading


Two-thirds of cancers may have a surprising cause that we can do nothing about Watch

Image of Scientists have found that two-thirds of all cancer cases may be the result of random, bad-luck mutations.

If you are afraid of cancer, we have bad news. There may be little way to avoid the dreaded disease. A new study affirms that two-thirds of ... continue reading


Neil Gorsuch and end-of-life care: What ethical stance does he take? Watch

Image of Neil Gorsuch offers his views on end-of-life care.

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch made a crucial ethical distinction in his response to questions about doctor-prescribed suicide during ... continue reading


'Three-parent babies' are coming. We are resistant to wisdom, let's pray we are resistant to the consequences Watch

Image of Designer babies have arrived.

British doctors have been given the OK to create embryos from three parents to prevent genetic diseases. The first such child could be born ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.