social mobilisation

March 24, 2011

The Fight Against Tuberculosis: The Afghan Front!

Tuberculosis is a disease we have known for centuries and it is completely preventable. Yet millions today suffer from it and we still see the faces of misery and pain. Even today, tuberculosis (TB) is the cause of many deaths. Prevalent myths that TB is not curable and death is inevitable still exist. In Afghanistan, the situation has been grave. Decades of human conflict and displacement has had a severe impact on the health sector of Afghanistan. High vulnerability to natural disaster, limited safe water supply, poor standards of hygiene and sanitation and restricted access to health care for women have become important features of the health situation in Afghanistan, exacerbated by difficulties of geographic access.