Washington: Tuberculosis continues to remain a deadly threat worldwide, particularly in places with high HIV rates. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, 8.8 million people contracted TB in 2010, with 1.4 million consequently dying from it. More than 95 percent of TB deaths occur in low and middle-income countries.“TB, like many diseases, disproportionally affects the poor,” CBS News quoted Dr. Steve Neri, the Africa regional director for Project HOPE, as telling HealthPop.“What makes TB dangerous is if you’re on treatment, and you don’t stay on treatment and finish your full course of medication - which for the regular form can be 6 months and for the drug-resistant strains up to 2 years - you can potentially develop a multidrug resistant TB or pass it on to other people.”Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that offers land-based medical training and health education programs in over 35 countries.
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