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Jakarta Post

How can we stop tuberculosis?

  • Aghnia Jolanda Putri and Ika Kartika Febriana

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 24 2018   /  01:41 am

Recent data from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that indicators of overall health status in Indonesia have improved significantly over the last two and a half decades. Life expectancy, for example, increased from 63 years in 1990 to 71 years in 2012. However, Indonesia still struggles with a high incidence rate of tuberculosis (TB). According to the Global Burden of Disease Study, TB was the third-most lethal disease in Indonesia from 2005 to 2016, due to a high prevalence rate and the country’s large population. Sadly, Indonesia is the world’s second-largest contributor of TB patients.

As the world commemorates World Tuberculosis Day on March 24, it remains unacceptable that 300 people here die every day because of TB, which is preventable.

TB is caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, an airborne bacteria that commonly damages the lungs. This deadly bacteria...