While Tuberculosis (TB) infections are at low levels in Australia, around 10.4 million people are still diagnosed with the disease worldwide each year.
Tragically, 200 people die every hour from TB around the world. That’s one every 18 seconds.
These deaths are avoidable and unacceptable.
We need to invest in preventing and treating TB, and this is the time to do so.
Better research and treatment options need to become available, particularly for those with drug resistant TB which need to take up to 14,600 toxic pills over 18 months to successfully treat the disease. If you laid these pills end to end they will stretch to almost twice the height of the Sydney Harbour bridge.
It was great to meet with members of @RESULTSAU who are working to eradicate TB and poverty more generally.