Help Us To Save Lives
According to WHO (World Health Organization) Tuberculosis (TB) is globally the second most common cause of death from infectious diseases, killing almost 2 million people annually. An estimated 8 million new TB cases occur every year, of which 80% are among people in the most economically productive age groups. Tuberculosis mostly affects adults in their most productive years. However, all age groups are at risk. Over 95% of cases and deaths are in developing countries. People who are infected with HIV are 20 to 30 times more likely to develop active TB. The risk of active TB is also greater in persons suffering from other conditions that impair the immune system. One million children (0–14 years of age) fell ill with TB, and 230 000 children (including children with HIV associated TB) died from the disease in 2017. Tobacco use greatly increases the risk of TB disease and death. 7.9% of TB cases worldwide are attributable to smoking.
Global impact of TB
TB occurs in every part of the world. In 2017, the largest number of new TB cases occurred in the South-East Asia and Western Pacific regions, with 62% of new cases, followed by the African region, with 25% of new cases. In 2017, 87% of new TB cases occurred in the 30 high TB burden countries. Eight countries accounted for two thirds of the new TB cases: India,China,Indonesia, the Philippines, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh and South Africa. TB is highly epidemic in Pakistan. According to the latest WHO estimations, the incidence, prevalence and mortality of TB in Pakistan are 230 per 100 000, 310 per 100 000 and 39 per 100 000, respectively. This indicates 410 000 incident cases of TB and 69 000 TB deaths in Pakistan every year. Pakistan is the sixth highest TB burden country in the world and by far the largest among the 22 countries of WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region.
Treatment of TB in Pakistan
In recent years, a high priority has been given to developing viable partnerships with health care providers in the private sector, adopting a systematic approach consistent with WHO guidelines. Additional initiatives such as an improved surveillance and laboratory network and improved follow-up and treatment modalities, funded by global and national sources, have contributed to the significant improvement in case detection and treatment success rates outlined above.
Role of Pakistan Anti TB Association in Eradication of TB
Pakistan Anti TB Association (PATA), founded by Fatima Jinnah, is committed to end TB from Pakistan and has served hundreds of thousands of patients since 1956 through its 42 diagnostic centers. PATA is a nonprofit and non-Government charity based organization working closely with National and Provincial TB Programs, National and International Donors to end TB from Pakistan. In 2018PATA had provided treatment to 14,937 patients across Pakistan.PATA conducted several social awareness campaigns regarding TB. PATA’s volunteers and field staff based at district level are providing TB healthcare services along with activities for community mobilization and Social Organization.
Despite all the hard work of our volunteers and support from our partners there is always a need to do more therefore PATA needs financial support from individuals, philanthropists, and organizations to achieve the objectives and goals of PATA’s mission. Your contribution no matter how big or small can help us to save lives. You can donate:
You can send us Crossed Cheque to Pakistan Anti TB Association or personally visit PATA office in Lahore for donations.
Address: Pakistan Anti Tb Association
16 K, Gulberg III, 54660 Lahore, Pakistan
Call: +9242 35756986