Monday, 7 December 2015

Physicians Advised to Treat Tuberculosis as a Disease of Poverty

Last week, the World Medical Association (WMA) said Tuberculosis should be treated as a disease of poverty and inequality.

Sir Michael Marmot, WMA President, said: ‘It has become abundantly clear that TB is the result of a lack of basic health services, poor nutrition and inadequate living conditions. Poverty is fuelling the alarming spread of tuberculosis. The World Health Organisation estimates that one third of the world’s population is infected with TB.

To slow the progression of the disease worldwide, the WMA is updating its training course for physicians to emphasise the relationship between poverty and TB.

The revised interactive training course will provide basic clinical care information for TB including the latest diagnostics, treatment and information about multidrug-resistant TB. 

The WMA’s TB refresher course, funded as a "USAID TB CARE II project“, is developed as a preparation course to its MDR-TB course and both courses together offer a complete training module on TB. Both courses are accessible free of charge at the WMA webpage www.wma.net. 

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