The amount of deaths from tuberculosis increased globally for the first time in more than ten years Because the coronavirus pandemic made it difficult to access health services, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Thursday.
“This is alarming news that should serve as a global alarm signal about the urgent need to invest and innovate to bridge gaps in diagnosis, treatment and care of the millions of people affected by this preventable and treatable disease, “WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement.
A report by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (of the WHO) had reported in September a setback in the prevention and treatment of these diseases during 2020, for the first time since 2002.
“The impact of Covid-19 in the fight against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria in the communities we support has been devastating. For the first time in the history of the Global Fund, key programmatic outcomes have receded. “Peter Sands, the entity’s chief executive, had said.
The Fund indicated that the pandemic had a “catastrophic” effect on the global fight against tuberculosis, to the point that the number of people treated for drug-resistant tuberculosis fell 19 percent.
In the countries where the Global Fund invests, some 4.7 million people were treated for tuberculosis in 2020, about a million less than the previous year, according to the aforementioned report.