Recent data commissioned by the Global TB Caucus presented Wednesday shows that Namibia will need at least 1.86 billion U.S. dollars to treat Tuberculosis (TB) between 2015 and 2030.

Namibia is the fourth worst TB affected country in the world with over 9,000 patients diagnosed with the disease in 2014.

This new research outlines the extent of the human and economic cost which will result from inaction in addressing the TB epidemic.

The estimates, based on figures from the World Health Organization, show that failing to tackle TB will cost the world economy 983 billion U.S. dollars by 2030.

The report predicts the death toll between 2015 and 2030 to roughly be around 25,800.

Last year, about 1,600 Namibians died from TB.

According to the Chairperson of the Namibian TB caucus Elma Dienda, this is an indication that the country needs to urgently act fast to end TB.

“There is an economic as well as a national health and human imperative for Namibia to act immediately to end TB,” she said.

She called upon stakeholders to stand together and help the health ministry in addressing the TB epidemic. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/


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