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Zimbabwe marks World Tuberculosis Day 2018

The Ministry of Health and Child Care has responded to the global strategy and developed a health sector strategic response to end Tuberculosis (TB) in Zimbabwe by the year 2030.

 The goal of the strategy is to reduce death rates by 80 per cent, incidence by 90 per cent and remove catastrophic costs to patients.

The Minister of Health and Child Care Hon. David Parirenyatwa made these known in a key note address at the commemoration of this year’s World Tuberculosis Day, Saturday in Harare.

 

This year’s World Tuberculosis Day was commemorated under the theme “Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free Zimbabwe. You can make History. End TB.”

Dr Parirenyatwa said: “This year’s theme emphasizes the need to build leadership commitment to ending TB.

“This is critical in light of the planned UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on TB, to be held in September, which seeks to raise political priority for TB and secure commitment from Heads of State and government for a coordinated global response against TB.

“The leadership and commitment should also increase amongst civil society advocates; health-care workers; NGOs and other development partners,” he added.

 

The Minister explained that in Zimbabwe, we have made great strides in combating TB; estimated TB incidence declined to 208 per 100,000 in 2016 as compared to a peak of 617 per 100,000 in 2003 and a rate of 242 per 100,000 in 2015. Out of the 28,225 cases diagnosed in 2015, 81% were successfully treated, and this has remained the same rate compared to 2014 versus our target of 90%.

 

Furthermore, he disclosed that this is mainly due to a high proportion of 10% of people dying whilst on treatment, with the most affected provinces being Matabeleland South, Matabeleland North, Midlands and Bulawayo which are averaging 15%. There is need to ensure early TB case detection and initiation of treatment

 

HIV testing in TB patients stood at 96% and ART coverage was 86% in 2016.. This is commendable considering the fact that Zimbabwe is among the 30 high burden countries for TB, TB-HIV & MDR TB and that the Zimbabwe TB epidemic in largely HIV-driven with a coinfection rate of 67%.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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