World Tuberculosis Day 2022

March 24th has been celebrated as World Tuberculosis Day since the discovery of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria in 1982, which is the cause of tuberculosis

Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that mainly affects the lungs and has the potential to become very critical, but it is curable and preventable. 

After the UN High-Level Meeting (UNHLM) on TB targets held in 2018, the countdown to the agreed date to reach these targets is rapidly approaching as December gets closer. The goal is to end TB by 2030, but a great funding gap is threatening this. So, this year, the theme of the day is "Invest To End TB. Save Lives." as announced by the Stop TB Partnership.

2022 targets are at risk

According to WHO, due to the strain the COVID-19 pandemic put on the systems, TB deaths increased in 2020. This is the first time it happened in over a decade. Global spending on TB was less than half of the global target, and an extra US$1.1 billion per year is needed for research and development. Progress towards reaching the targets set for 2022 is at risk, mainly due to a lack of funding. 

Between the years 2018 and 2022, 20 million people were reached with TB treatment - which is 50% of the 5-year target-, and 8.7 million people were provided TB preventative treatment, 29% of the target for the same time period. 

Tuberculosis is still one of the world's deadliest killers. Each day over 4100 people die and close to 30000 get infected. This is why we need to stay vigilant on the topic of TB. With our digital spirometry solutions, we are contributing to this fight against TB by helping streamline the diagnosis, monitoring, and management processes.

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Sources

  1. "On World TB day WHO calls for increased investments into TB services and research", World Health Organization, 2022.
  2. Tuberculosis (TB)”, World Health Organization.
  3. "World TB Day 2022", Stop TB Partnership, 2022.

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