The Impact of Tuberculosis

Newsletter No 19

When treating Tuberculosis, the delivery of reliable medicines is vital.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Factsheet #104 on Tuberculosis states:
When a person develops active TB (disease), the symptoms (cough, fever, night sweats, weight loss etc.) may be mild for many months. This can lead to delays in seeking care, and results in transmission of the bacteria to others. People ill with TB can infect up to 10-15 other people through close contact over the course of a year. Without proper treatment up to two thirds of people with TB will die.

Multi Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDRTB) is costly and difficult to treat, involving a 24-month drug treatment regimen with significant adverse effects. This disrupts a patient’s family life and employment. Patients need assistance to complete treatment and their families need support.

Sadly, the people of PNG know this disease all too well. OCDP is supporting Popondetta General Hospital in the fight against TB through training and the provision of essential supplies.

 

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