Tuberculosis (TB) is a potentially serious infectious disease that mainly affects your lungs. The bacteria that cause tuberculosis are spread from one person to another through tiny droplets released into the air via coughs and sneezes.
The disease among mine workers in South Africa is at a high rate. According to the World Bank, an international financial institution whose goal is the reduction of poverty. Mineworkers in South Africa have the highest incidence of TB among all working populations in the world.
On 30th of November it was announced in Cape Town ahead of the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease’s 46th World Conference on Lung Health, that Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi was leading a new global plan to tackle the disease more aggressively.
According to the Times Live the new plan, called the Paradigm Shift, aims at eradicating TB by 2030. It starts with a bold four-year strategy that will begin next year.
The strategy is to reach 90% of all people who need TB treatment and to achieve at least 90% treatment success.
It is hoped that this will be achieved by the investment of more money in fighting the disease, universal health coverage and fast-tracking the introduction of diagnostic tools where they are needed most.
Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General said on the WHO website that “Everyone with TB should have access to the innovative tools and services they need for rapid diagnosis, treatment and care. This is a matter of social justice, fundamental to our goal of universal health coverage.”
She said given the prevalence of drug-resistant tuberculosis, ensuring high-quality and complete care will also benefit global health security.
“I call for intensified global solidarity and action to ensure the success of this transformative End TB Strategy,” she said.