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Jakarta Post

Let’s not forget tuberculosis while fighting COVID

  • Warren Entsch and Putih Sari


Canberra/Jakarta   /   Fri, July 3 2020   /  01:00 am
TB financing in Indonesia (WHO Global TB Report, 2019/WHO)

The news about Indonesian hospitals being able to admit more non-COVID-19 patients was a welcome update. The pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the world as we know it and many of us are still uncovering so many of its unforeseen consequences. As members of the Global TB Caucus, an international network of elected representatives who work on issues of tuberculosis (TB), our focus over these past months has been on our management of TB, the world's deadliest infectious disease. Let us consider for a moment, the havoc COVID has done to TB health services. Drug resistant TB wards converted to COVID wards, health workers diverted to COVID response, rapidly falling identified TB case numbers; the list goes on. According to a modelling analysis undertaken by the STOP TB partnership in association with Imperial College, Avenir Health, Johns Hopkins University and USAID, th...