[Ip-health] MSF response to 2016 WHO Global TB Report

Joanna Keenan joanna.l.keenan at gmail.com
Fri Oct 14 01:33:50 PDT 2016

MSF response to 2016 WHO Global TB Report


WHO’s Global TB Report 2015, published on 13 October 2016, reveals some
shocking statistics: TB deaths jumped to 1.8 million in 2015 from 1.5
million in 2014, with 41% of people estimated to have fallen sick with the
disease being left undiagnosed and untreated. The treatment gap for people
with drug-resistant TB remains morbidly high – in 2015, just 20% of people
sick with drug-resistant forms of TB received the treatment they needed.

The WHO Global TB Report is a wake-up call to break the status quo in how
TB, and its drug-resistant forms, are being diagnosed and treated. More
needs to be urgently done to close the deadly gap between those who are
diagnosed and treated and those who are left behind.

Médecins Sans Frontières responds to the WHO Global TB report 2015 with the
following quote:

“WHO’s annual look at the global state of tuberculosis this year makes for
a shockingly bad report card: countries are failing to diagnose and treat
millions of people with TB, which caused 1.8 million deaths last year.
Governments need to get their heads out of the sand and realise that TB is
not a disease consigned to the 1800s; we see and treat TB in our clinics
every day, and it’s a deadly threat to all of us unless governments wake up
and start diagnosing and treating everyone with TB.

“WHO’s report reveals that more people are dying of TB and more people are
left undiagnosed and untreated than last year, creating a cycle of TB
transmission and death. Only a third of the countries carrying the highest
TB burdens are using the recommended rapid test to detect TB and
drug-resistance as the initial diagnostic test for all people with TB –
this represents an unacceptably low take up of a critically important,
lifesaving tool. Governments of countries with high TB burdens and donors
must urgently support implementation of the most effective tools and
strategies to get more people with TB diagnosed and on the right treatment,
and must fund research and development of rapid, simple and affordable
diagnostic tests that can be used at the point of care, so that we can
close this deadly gap as quickly as possible.

“Just one in five people with drug-resistant forms of TB received the
treatment they needed in 2015 – a dismal record with deadly effects.
Governments and pharmaceutical companies must do more to rapidly scale up
access to new drugs effective against drug-resistant TB, so that everyone
has a better chance at being cured, and to support development of new TB
treatments that can cure anyone with the disease in a drastically shorter
timeframe; this kind of breakthrough will only be possible if governments
make TB research a priority.”

-Dr Greg Elder, Medical Coordinator, MSF Access Campaign



Joanna Keenan
Press Officer
Médecins Sans Frontières - Access Campaign
P: +41 22 849 87 45
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E: joanna.keenan[at]geneva.msf.org
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