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World Tuberculosis Day: Why Indonesia badly needs 'anti-poverty drug'

  • Ahmad Fuady
    Ahmad Fuady

    Lecturer in the Medical School of the University of Indonesia and researcher in HEMISPHERE

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 24, 2017   /  11:23 am
World Tuberculosis Day: Why Indonesia badly needs 'anti-poverty drug' Despite it being 135 years since Robert Koch announced Mycobacterium tuberculosis as the cause of TB the spread of the disease remains unabated. The current situation is quite similar to the age before Koch’s discovery. (Shutterstock/File)

Who should be blamed for Indonesia being ranked second in tuberculosis (TB) incidence worldwide? Despite the achievement toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015, the declining incidence of TB has shown a slowing pace. And, the question remains: will we achieve the target for zero TB incidences in 2035? Despite it being 135 years since Robert Koch announced Mycobacterium tuberculosis as the cause of TB the spread of the disease remains unabated. The current situation is quite similar to the age before Koch’s discovery. People at that time blamed poverty and crowded, congested housing, particularly in cities. They depicted the relationship between TB and poverty beyond scientific discussion by putting it into literature and drama. The term “consumption” arose in literature, such as Les Miserables, to describe how the disease spread among the poor. ...

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