Global Fund contributes $10 mln, Access to Health Fund $1 mln for fighting against TB


For fighting tuberculosis (TB), the Global Fund shelled out US$10 million for 2018 and 2019, while the Access to Health Fund provided $1 million for 2019 and 2020, according to the National Tuberculosis Eradication Programme.
The Ministry of Health and Sports has announced that people need to provide information about those living with TB, whether they are receiving treatment at private hospitals or clinics or not, and private laboratories also need to submit reports on the outbreaks of diseases, so the number of TB patients can be determined.
For the fight against TB, the government allocated K14 million in the 1995-1996 financial year, K 5.57 billion in the 2016-2017FY, K 4.24 billion in the 2017-2018FY, and over K 4 billion in the 2018-2019FY. In 2017, the Global Fund provided $19 million, while the Three Millennium Development Goal Fund (3MDG) provided $1.2 million for TB eradication efforts.
With an increase in the TB rate in Yangon Region, the region’s Public Health Department is carrying out urban TB treatment and control programs in 13 townships.
Out of 6,000 TB patients who do not have access to treatment yet in Yangon Region are included in the normal TB patients and drug-resistant TB patients.
Of the 32,000 patients who died of TB in Myanmar, over 4,000 patients were suffering from both TB and HIV. Myanmar still remains on the list of countries with the highest number of TB patients because of patients not taking medicines regularly, high number of MDR-TB cases, and HIV and TB co-infection.
The ministry is aiming to bring down TB incidence to 40 percent by 2020 and MDR-TB to 5 per cent from 2015 to 2020. In Myanmar, more males are afflicted with TB than females. About 80 per cent of TB patients are aged between 15 and 54. —Aye Cho (Translated by Hay Mar)

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