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World TB Day: Germany provides an additional 140 million euros to fight …

24.03.2021 – 01:00

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World TB Day: Germany is providing an additional 140 million euros to fight the disease

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Osnabrück. Germany is providing an additional 140 million euros for TB control in order to compensate for the setbacks associated with the Corona in the treatment of patients. This was announced by Federal Development Minister Gerd Muller in an interview with “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung” (NOZ) on World TB Day this Wednesday. “One person dies every 22 seconds from tuberculosis, 95 percent of them are in developing and emerging countries. We can and should avoid that because lung disease can be treated with the help of antibiotics,” said the politician at California State University.

Corona crisis leads to major setbacks in its elimination. Medical staff and medicines are no longer available. “Nearly two-thirds of the TB control programs have been suspended, which could lead to an additional 400,000 deaths worldwide,” the minister said. “We must not give up the fight against tuberculosis. That is why Germany is increasing its commitment to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and provide an additional 140 million euros this year to continue health programs.”

The money from the fund will help 100 developing and emerging countries, for example by providing tuberculosis testing, counseling for those affected, and preventive materials for health workers. The minister said, “The most vulnerable people are women, children, refugees and those with pre-existing diseases.” In parts of South Africa, everyone who has HIV becomes infected with TB, too.

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