Today is World TB day. A lot of people will know Tuberculosis as a disease that caused great suffering in Ireland in the days before antibiotics, – but it’s still around.
While TB can be completely cured – in 2015 there were around 10.4 million new cases of TB worldwide.
Two new drugs that came out about 3 or 4 years ago are the best treatment we have for TB – and access to these new drugs can literally mean the difference between life and death.
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders want Governments to take urgent action to make sure that these drugs are made more widely available – because at the moment only a fraction of people have access to them.
Mark Sherlock is a doctor from Monaghan town. He is out in Keyna at the moment with Médecins Sans Frontières.