Tuberculosis, if you’re unfamiliar with it, is an infectious disease typically caused by a specific form of bacteria that normally affects the lungs. It is a sneaky condition as it typically doesn’t show symptoms until it is too late, and while Tuberculosis cases were certainly more prevalent in past decades than they are now, it is still present in our world today.
But, despite this disease’s contemporary existence, the number of deaths caused by Tuberculosis have dropped to approximately 14 per cent over the past five years, saving 60 million lives over the past twenty years, says an article from The Good News Network.
“In the World Health Organization’s annual global tuberculosis report, the UN agency responsible for international public health forecasts hundreds of thousands of people recovering from, or avoiding the disease of TB altogether.
“Since 2000, TB treatment has averted the deaths of 60 million people, the disease itself being treatable with the right medicine.
“In the last five years, global incidence of TB fell by 9%. Furthermore, this was not restricted to wealthy countries in places like Europe—which managed a 19% drop over the same period. This fall in TB cases also took place among several poorer regions of the globe, like sub-Saharan and East Africa, with the nations of Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, and Lesotho contributing the most to a 16% reduced total continental case rate.
“The cumulative total of TB deaths in the world also went down, falling 14% over the last five years. Europe, with its strong economies and widespread access to quality medical care, dropped the rate of TB death by 31% during this period, while Africa has made ‘good progress,’ dropping theirs by a fifth with far fewer resources,” the article explains.
I think the information provided in this article serves as a source of positivity and inspiration for anyone who has been affected by Tuberculosis in any way, and I am hopeful diseases like these continue to recede in severity over the course of time.