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UK aid logoZambia is home to over 13 million people. Like its neighbours, the country was devastated by the dual epidemic of TB and HIV that swept through sub-Saharan Africa in the 1980s and 1990s.

Zambia has experienced a long-period of political stability and economic growth over the past two decades. During this time, great advances have been made to address both TB and HIV. Cases of TB, and deaths from the disease, have almost halved since the 1990s. More people are diagnosed with TB and HIV than ever before, and started on TB treatment and anti-retroviral therapy for HIV. Over 90% of people that are newly diagnosed with TB are successfully treated.

However, TB remains a significant issue. The fruits of economic growth have failed to trickle down, leaving many people living in entrenched poverty, and rates of HIV transmission remain high. Each day, 160 people fall ill with TB – the majority of them HIV positive – and 7 people die from the disease.

Stats and facts: TB in Zambia

In 2010, seven people died each day from TB in Zambia
  • Deaths from TB: 2,600
  • Number of new TB cases: 61,000Zambia Map
  • Number of new TB cases in people living with HIV: 40,000
  • Number of people living with HIV (adults and children): 980,000
  • Number of new HIV infections annually: 76,000
  • New TB cases with multi-drug resistance: 1.8%
  • Retreatment TB cases with multi-drug resistance: 2.3%
  • Funding available as percentage of National TB Programme budget: 71%

Find about our project in Zambia:
Community-led TB-HIV Advocacy project COTHAZ


» COTHAZ
  • We need people – people like those in TB Alert, who are focused and ambitious and care for people at grass roots in the UK, India and Africa. Dr Lucica Ditiu, Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership

  • We cannot win the battle against AIDS if we do not also fight TB. TB is too often a death sentence for people with AIDS. It does not have to be this way. We have known how to cure TB for more than 50 years. What we have lacked is the will and the resources to quickly diagnose people with TB and get them the treatment they need. Nelson Mandela

  • I am very impressed by the work done by TB Alert, that is why I wanted to spread the message...I am one of those that did think that TB had been eradicated...and suddenly it is back in a very big way! Baroness Joan Bakewell, explaining why she supports TB Alert

  • TB is the child of poverty – and also its parent and provider. TB Alert's Patron, Archbishop Desmond Tutu

  • TB Alert are passionate in their work to stamp out TB in the UK and alleviate the problems of people with TB. Alan Higgins, Director of Public Health, Oldham

  • TB Alert allowed me to regain a purpose to live. People who listened, understood and never judged. I am now proud to be part of the team which is able to offer peer support to others. Steve, TB Action Group member

  • TB Alert UK respects partnership work. Chennupati Vidya, President  of TB Alert partner, VMM