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
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: 61,000
- 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