Apr 15, 2011

Drug-resistant Strain of TB Spreading in Uganda

AUTHOR:Vicky WandawaSOURCE:New Vision Online

With 100,000 new cases of TB each year, Uganda is among the 22 countries with the highest number of TB cases. While this is already an overwhelming statistic, worse news looms ahead for Uganda as a strain of drug-resistant TB has been spreading in the country.  In developed countries, patients with drug-resistant TB are given drugs that cost 15 times more than the regular ones. In Uganda and many other developing countries, these drugs are yet to be available. Dr. Joseph Kawuma, executive secretary of Uganda Stop TB partnership, also notes that of the 100,000 new TB cases annually, barely half are actually getting treatment.  Also, while the tuberculosis vaccine, BCG, is mandatory for all newborns, about 10% of Ugandan children do not receive it. Life for Mothers recognizes the importance of protecting each newborn with the required immunizations. This is why Life For Mothers' work involves the training of community health workers that will deliver essential services that include the screening for medical/infectious diseases, distributing medications and immunizations, as well as counseling and ante/post-natal tracking of mothers and infants.

Check out the article here: http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/12/751525

Did you know?

Children who have lost their mothers are up to 10 times more likely to die prematurely than those who have not.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010

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