Can we stop TB for good?

Tuberculosis is a deadly disease that takes away 1.5 million lives from us every year Download the documentary. 1.5 million is not just a number – it also represents a sister, a child, a mother or a friend that could have been saved. TB is preventable and curable, and it’s up us to fight it.

The 24th of March is World TB Awareness day: so let’s gear up our knowledge so we can win this war.

Round 1: Knowing the enemy

TB is a bacterial infection that is spread from an infected person to another every time they sneeze or cough! It’s commonly found in the lungs but it can also be found in other parts of your body, like your back, kidneys and even your brain. The symptoms may differ so make sure you get tested if start to feel these:

  • Coughing (especially blood)
  • Chest pain
  • Joint or back pain
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Night sweats
  • Unexpected weight loss

Round 2: How to fight

  • You will be given a specific treatment plan which you MUST follow till the end.
  • A treatment plan could last 6 – 9 months.
  • When you get your treatment plan, listen to everything your doc says!
  • Do not skip a dose or stop treatment early, even if you feel better
  • Call your doctor if you forget something and put reminders on your phone

Round 3: How to Defend

Preventing Tuberculosis is tough, but once you know what to do then it becomes easier for you to not get TB or spread it.

  • Get tested regularly if you live in a TB hotspot
  • Do not come into close contact with TB patients
  • Vaccinate your babies – sadly, the vaccine isn’t effective in adults
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If you have TB,

  • Don’t sleep in a room with other people
  • Wear a surgical mask when you’re talking to people
  • Always cover your mouth
  • Do not go to work until your doctor says it’s safe to do so

Round 4: Are We Going to Win This Battle?

The good news is, the number of TB cases have been going down due to the hard working doctors across the globe. New treatments are being developed and the World Health Organisation hopes to reduce the death rate by 95% by 2035. You can make a significant difference and speed up that process by following the fight and defend rules.

Now that you are in the know, are you up for the fight?

Read more: All about TB

Sources: http://www.stoptb.org/events/world_tb_day/2015/ , http://www.who.int/gho/tb/epidemic/cases_deaths/en/ , http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tuberculosis/basics/prevention/con-20021761 , https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000624.htm , http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs104/en/