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Continent "overwhelmed" by AIDS-related TB
Wednesday 30 March 2005
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AFRICA: Continent "overwhelmed" by AIDS-related TB


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JOHANNESBURG, 23 March (PLUSNEWS) - A rise in HIV/AIDS-related tuberculosis (TB) in Africa is frustrating efforts to control the pulmonary disease, a global advocacy group said in a statement on Wednesday.

The Massive Effort Campaign (MEC), says 10 percent fewer TB patients in Uganda were cured in 2003, compared with four years ago, while Nigeria had more TB deaths than any other African country last year - an estimated 105,000.

However, the MEC noted that the Democratic Republic of the Congo had managed to cure nine percent more cases of TB in 2003 than in 2000 - "despite absolute poverty, a high incidence of HIV and chronic civil conflict".

The organisation's findings have been based on data from the World Health Organisation.


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