Every year millions of people suffer and die from tuberculosis (TB). According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 95% of these deaths occur in the low and middle-income nations. It is an infectious disease, and children who are exposed to family members with the illness are at high risk of contracting the disease.
TB is prevalent in African countries and other developing nations. In Somalia, it is one of the leading causes of mortality. Each year thousands of sputum positive cases occur in Somalia, out of which only few are detected and treated. With majority of TB sufferers being those who are the working force of the community, it will be extremely difficult to rebuild the country as it struggles to recover from the devastating drought of 2011.
Muslim Aid has established ten TB clinics in South Central Somalia, Somaliland and Puntland to provide medical treatment to TB patients. The clinics serve men, women and children in the regions of Afmadow, Kismayo, Jamame, Bardhere, Hudur, Wanleweyn, Mogadishu, El-Ali [Hiran], Badhan and Eyl. To mark the World TB Day on 24th March 2012, Muslim Aid will be opening another clinic in Eyl, Puntland, Somalia.
A spokesperson for Muslim Aid said, “The recurring disease of TB is undoubtedly linked to poor hygiene and sanitation and is an outcome of scarcity of resources and poverty. On World TB Day, Muslim Aid expresses solidarity with WHO and NGOs that are tackling TB in developing countries. With timely interventions from governments and the humanitarian sector, TB can be detected and treated saving millions of lives.”
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- Muslim Aid is a relief and development agency set up in the United Kingdom in 1985 to provide humanitarian assistance to disaster affected countries and to help poor and vulnerable communities overcome poverty. Over the last 26 years, Muslim Aid has delivered services in over 70 countries worldwide. Muslim Aid works with all communities irrespective of faith, ethnic origin or political system. Muslim Aid programmes include emergency relief, capacity building through water, sanitation and health programmes, education and skills training, microfinance and income generation and orphan care. As well as giving practical assistance, Muslim Aid tackles poverty by developing sustainable solutions, advocating for a more just and sustainable future.