Lessons can be learnt from Covid response to fight resurgence in tuberculosis

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IThis is both alarming and sad, but it should come as no surprise. Global deaths from tuberculosis have increased for the first time in more than a decade. After the pandemic hit – bringing much of the world to a halt – health services dealing with other infectious diseases were always going to suffer.

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Amid the need to respond rapidly to Covid-19, resources were diverted away from critical testing and surveillance networks in some of the planet’s poorest countries. Delivery of medicines, health equipment and vaccines was disrupted and delayed. And, trapped in one lockdown after another, people sick with life-threatening conditions struggled to access local services and treatment.

According to a new report from the World Health Organization, the impact on the global management of TB has been “particularly severe”. Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the research findings “confirm our fears” that the Covid pandemic “may begin to unravel years of progress against tuberculosis”.

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