Around 9000 Afghans die of TB every year
Press Release - Afghanistan Ministry of Public
March 24, 2010
On March24th, World Tuberculosis Day was celebrated
in Afghanistan. According to a recent report written
by WHO, around 9000 Afghans die every year due to
affliction with TB (Tuberculosis) in Afghanistan.
At a ceremony of the World TB Day held at the
auditorium of Kabul Medical University, Dr Suraya
Dalil, Policy and Planning Deputy Minister and Acting
Public Health Minister of Afghanistan said that number
of TB cases in Afghanistan is still shocking despite
aggressive combat against this disease. Based on the
recent report obtained from WHO (2009) around 51000
new TB cases are being detected among which 9000 die
33000 of these cases, recently reported are women.
That is women make 64% of overall TB clients attending
health facilities. Among the 22 countries located in
Eastern Mediterranean Region, Afghanistan has had the
highest rate of TB cases. Added Dr Dalil, the Acting
Minister of Public Health.
In addition, she pointed that totally 26358 TB
cases were detected during year 2009 all of whom were
covered by National TB Control Program.
Dr Suraya Dalil then added National TB Control
Program which was severely damaged by a long term
civil war had been resumed not so later than the
establishment of Afghanistan Transitional Government.
In 2003 the very first strategic plan for TB Control
Program was established in cooperation with WHO and
some other MoPH partners. In line with MDG (Minimum
Development Goals) and STP (Stop TB Partnership), this
plan was revised and extended for five more years.
Honorable Guest of the ceremony, Marshal Mohammad
Qaseem Fahim, the First Vice President of the Islamic
Republic of Afghanistan addressing the World TB Day
also said that some chronic diseases such as TB are
predisposed by poverty and social deprivation. And he
requested the people to contribute to the fight back
He, afterwards, told that this disease usually
affects individuals in various parts of the country,
in particular, the remote areas; and the health
workers are obliged to work for elimination of the
disease. He highlighted the existence of Stop TB
Partnership Board in Afghanistan as a positive action
towards elimination of this disease. He pointed that
the National TB Control Program of the Ministry of
Public Health of Afghanistan has made astonishing
achievements in combating Tuberculosis.
Meanwhile, Prof. Obaidullah Obaid, chancellor of
Kabul Medical University said that TB is a major
problem in the world taking lives of thousands of
people every year. He also indicated that The Stop TB
Partnership Board has worked hard during the past two
years so as to stop TB in Afghanistan as well as
conducting public awareness programs for Stopping TB.
In end, Mr. Peter, WHO representative in
Afghanistan also talked at this ceremony regarding
World TB Day and ensured that WHO will remain
committed to further support Afghanistan Health and