Having worked as a health advocate for close to a decade now in Nigeria, there is need for more action in the fight against tuberculosis (TB) in Nigeria. As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark yet another World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, March 24, 2016, it’s important that all hands be on deck if we are to achieve a TB free world. Nigeria is among the high TB burden countries, with 570,000 new cases each year – more than any other country in Africa.
Partners and Ministers of Health this morning met in Vilnius (Lithuania), in the margins of the WHO Regional Committee meetings, to sign the first ever approved TB Regional Grant from the Global Fund to fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria in the European region.
We spoke to advocates from Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia on the challenges and opportunities surrounding efforts to find, treat, and cure everyone with TB and HIV.