IMA World Health/Kara Eberle

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arch 24 is World Tuberculosis Day, and the World Health Organization is calling for more to be done to fight tuberculosis—“one of the world’s top infectious killers.”

As part of our efforts to bring health, healing and well-being to all, IMA World Health is part of the global effort to treat, reach and cure tuberculosis. In Tanzania, IMA’s Project LEAD screened 14,243 people per month on average from October 2013 to June 2014.

In the same timeframe, 209 people received TB treatment.

In Tanzania, about 5 percent of adults are living with HIV or AIDS, and Project LEAD is designed to increase access to HIV care, treatment, and support services for people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) and their families.

According to WHO, people who are infected with HIV are 26 to 31 times more likely to become sick with TB. Risk of active TB is also greater in people suffering from other conditions that impair the immune system.

At the World Health Assembly last May, governments agreed on a 20-year (2016-2035) strategy to end the global TB epidemic. WHO’s “End TB Strategy” is working toward a world free of TB with zero deaths, disease and suffering.

Please join us in calling on governments, affected communities, civil society organizations, health care providers and international partners to help roll out this strategy.

Today is a day to raise awareness and increase global efforts to end TB altogether.

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