Lawmakers sign up for Global TB Caucus

11 Sep 2018 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 11 SEP (NAMPA) – Namibia’s parliamentarians joined other lawmakers in signing up for the Global Tuberculosis (TB) Caucus here on Tuesday.
The Global TB Caucus is an international network of political representatives that works to increase progress against the TB epidemic at national, regional and global level.
Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services, Juliet Kavetuna explained that as a signatory to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) TB strategy, Namibia will play its part in its successful implementation.
She said in Namibia 700 people died of TB in 2017.
“For our small population, this is far too many deaths from one disease,” the deputy minister said.
She added that despite the worrying statistics, international financial support for TB programmes is declining and this will have a devastating impact across the Southern African Development Community region in achieving the WHO’s ‘End TB’ strategy by 2035.
“In preparation for the high level meeting of the UN General Assembly on the Fight Against TB, we reaffirm our commitment to ending the global TB epidemic,” Kavetuna said.
She went on to say Namibia continues to recognise the fight against TB as a key component of the sustainable development goals and as a cornerstone of efforts to deliver universal health coverage, combat antimicrobial resistance and deaths from HIV.
Kavetuna further said that the correlation between the spread of TB and low incomes, poor living conditions and malnutrition is well known.
Countries that are serious about ending TB have to address all these factors in addition to the work that ministries of health are mandated to do in identifying and treating those with the disease, she said.