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Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) is the single most deadly infectious disease in the world. In 2011, TB killed 1.4 million people and around 8.7 million new cases were diagnosed (World Health Organisation 2012). Asia and Africa are the hardest hit but Eastern Europe has also recently seen a major increase in deaths related to TB after many years of steady decline.

The British Red Cross supports TB programmes in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, as well as helping combat TB through a community-based health programme in Liberia. The programmes we support focus on raising awareness about the disease among young people and supporting people diagnosed with TB in their homes.

Two major challenges in the fight against TB are the increase of cases that are resistant to first line drugs used to treat the disease and co-infection with HIV . Community action is key to providing an effective response to reduce the number of TB infections and related deaths and must include the participation of affected people and their families.

TB in Kyrgyzstan

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We're combating misinformation around tuberculosis and helping patients in Kyrgyzstan.

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TB and HIV in Kazakhstan

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We're helping people in Kazkahstan where TB and HIV are major health problems.

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Discrimination against people living with HIV left Angela unemployed. But she has found help, warmth and advice thanks to the Red Crescent.

Condensed milk. Bags of rice. Sugar. Could a simple pile of groceries really save someone’s life?

Diagnosed with TB and HIV, and estranged from his wife and daughter, Dmitry had no desire to live. Today, he has a different story.

When Alla was diagnosed with TB she felt like an outcast, but with counselling and support from the Red Crescent she’s feeling better.

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TB in Turkmenistan

Tuberculosis (TB) threatens the lives of thousands of people, many of them already vulnerable, in the central Asian country of Turkmenistan.