A million and a half people dying from TB
Each year, for those people dying of pulmonary TB the following can often be true:
“When TB wakes up and gets into the lungs, it eats them from the inside out, slowly diminishing their capacity, causing the chest to fill up with blood and the liquidy remains of the lungs. A wet, hacking cough is evocative of TB. The lungs now in liquid form are sloshing around in the chest. Cough that up, even in microscopic, impossible to see droplets, near other people, and they have a very good chance of getting TB too.”
“Eventually, liquid replaces the lungs, the suffering patients cannot get enough oxygen, and respiratory failure occurs, they can no longer breathe and they drown. It’s painful, it’s drawn out. It’s an awful way to die. But before any of this happens the disease weakens you, diminishes your capacity for work, and puts your family and friends, and anyone else you come into contact with, at risk. Individual death is only part of the problem”.1
The problem of global TB results in the deaths each year of nearly one and a half million people. Deaths from TB are deaths from a disease that for many years has been treatable and curable. More than 30 million people have died since the World Health Organisation declared TB to be a global emergency in 1993.
An estimated 230,000 children died from TB in 2019.
Saving people from dying of TB
Saving the lives of people with TB means:
Dying of TB
This page was last updated in May 2021.
Author Annabel Kanabus
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- “McMillen, Christian W. “Discovering Tuberculosis, Yale University, 2015