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iciHaiti - Health : Zero tuberculosis target by 2030
28/12/2018 09:06:48

iciHaiti - Health : Zero tuberculosis target by 2030
At a recent binational 3-day tuberculosis control and prevention summit, the health authorities of Haiti and the Dominican Republic presented the results of their 2016-2018 work plan and the efforts to be made for the period 2019-2021, in order to reach for both countries, to eradicate tuberculosis by 2030.

Participants at this Summit included : Dr. Lauré Adrien, Director General of the Ministry of Public Health of Haiti, who represented Marie Greta Roy Clément the Minister of Public Health, Rafael Sánchez Cárdenas, the Dominican Minister of Health, Ambassador Sucre Feliz, Director of Relations with Haiti of the Dominican Foreign Ministry, Dr. Harry Geffrar, PAHO/Haiti Representative and his Dominican counterpart Dr. Alma Morales.

It was reported that both countries of the island had succeeded in reducing the tuberculosis rate between 45 and 60% for every 100,000 inhabitants. Note that since the beginning of 2015 in Haiti, more than 16,234 tuberculosis cases have been detected https://www.icihaiti.com/en/news-17008-icihaiti-health-16-234-cases-of-tuberculosis-in-the-country.html . New lines of action were also discussed to further reduce this condition, which is common in most cases in incarcerated and HIV/AIDS patients.

Recall that tuberculosis is an extremely contagious disease caused by a bacterium that kills around 4,500 people worldwide each day, while 30,000 people are infected with this preventable and curable disease, or 10 million new cases of tuberculosis and 1,6 million people died from this disease in 2017 according to global data from the latest WHO report.

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