Stop TB in My Lifetime: Sudan Commemorates World TB Day

National partners representing the Sudanese Government, ministries, national programmes as well as UN Agencies and civil society organizations gathered yesterday at the Friendship Hall to commemorate World TB Day, March 24 under the Slogan ‘Stop TB in my Lifetime’.

Vice President Al-Haj Adam addressed the ceremony where he hailed the efforts made by various civil society organizations in fighting TB especially the TB Patients’ Association and called for a more positive engagement with the private sector and the media to maximize the public’s awareness on TB and end stigma.He further reiterated Sudan’s commitment to achieving MDG 6-Combating HIV/ AIDS, TB and Malaria as scheduled in close coordination with national and international partners.

Cognizant of the efforts made in this broad partnership, Under Secretary of the Ministry of Health Dr. Issam Mohamed stated “It is due to the joint efforts of the Ministry of Health, the WHO, the UNDP and other stakeholders that the success rate of TB treatment is increasing especially in conflict-stricken areas. We should however continue our efforts until there are no TB cases reported at all.” He further affirmed the availability of free treatment for all patients in the different states.

WHO Representative Dr. Anshu Banerjee commended in his address “The hard work, commitment and dedication from health workers, TB programmes, and all partners, from far-off villages in Darfur to the crowded city in Khartoum. I am pleased to announce that currently Sudan is on track to meet the MDG target of a 50% reduction in deaths compared with 1990.” Dr. Anshu further enumerated the challenges that hindered progress in fighting TB, namely the need for collaborating with the private health sector, improving surveillance and improving the existing conditions of the existing laboratory services.

Representing UNDP, Dr. Ammar Mohamed outlined that “UNDP-Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria supported programmes in Sudan are important not just because of the monetary support they provide to Sudan but also because of the important contributions they have in developing national capacities in the health sectors to combat TB, HIV/AIDS and Malaria.”He further stressed the Global Fund’s approximate 300 million USD support to the country which has resulted in saving many lives covering the period 2005-2014.

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