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Prioritising Tuberculosis Treatment for Incredible Results

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With news around the world focussing on the Corona crisis, it's easy to forget that one of the most common killers in Ghana and globally is a disease we already have a treatment for: tuberculosis. Approximately one-quarter of the world’s population has been infected, although the majority don’t ever develop active disease.

Individuals with tuberculosis often remain undiagnosed and untreated, able to carry it on and infect others. According to WHO estimates, TB is responsible for 5% of total deaths every year in Ghana. It affects mostly the working age population, with 73% of cases between the ages of 15 and 44. That’s why TB is not only a health issue, it also impacts the overall productivity of the Ghanaian economy."

Read the full op-ed published in Ghana’s newspaper of record The Daily Graphic.