Tuberculosis – A World Threat

This lethal disease is becoming more common again across the globe. The World Health Organisation estimates that over a third of humanity is already infected and has designated the risk as a global emergency. One patient can infect 20 others and the most usual sufferers are young adults, the mothers and fathers vital to the support of the whole family unit.

Treatment can be very effective, but if inadequately or incompletely done has led to the evolution of drug-resistant TB which could ultimately affect us all. At a family level the infection can be spread around impartially. This is particularly true where people suffer from poor nutrition or are vulnerable in other ways such as HIV and crowded living accommodation.

CHCT has helped obscure communities suffering from TB and also provided funds for Target TB who carried out projects on a larger scale but sadly closed last year due to financial problems.