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safe imageNew patient-friendly tuberculosis preventive therapy to be rolled out in five high-burden TB countries at affordable price

  • Fixed-dose combination treatments reduce the pill burden from nine to three pills a week for adults and prevent TB in those at highest risk of developing the disease
  • Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe will be the first countries out of a total of 12 to provide the new regimen at a US$15 price thanks to funding from Unitaid, PEPFAR and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

A new fixed-dose combination (FDC) of “3HP”, a short-course tuberculosis (TB) preventive treatment (TPT) combining two drugs, rifapentine and isoniazid, is starting to be rolled out in five TB high burden countries in Africa. This will reduce the number of pills that people who need the treatment have to take every week from nine to three. Enough treatments for up to 3 million patients are expected to be made available for eligible countries this year.

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About 7 billion people are affected globally by latent tuberculosis annually. Out of this, Ghana saw 13,978 incident cases of TB representing 32 percent in 2018. And according to the national TB prevalence survey, 2013 estimated TB prevalence of 264 cases per 100,000 population for all forms exist in Ghana. Though TB is a curable and treatable disease, millions of people keep dying of the disease every year since it remains the leading cause of mortalities in people living with HIV/AIDs.

Experts say, there is the need to revisit how the disease is being tackled and adopt a comprehensive approach towards prevention, detection and treatment. Jabina Anaman, the Programs Manager at Aurum Institute, emphasized the need to increase awareness on the various treatment therapies to curb the spread of the disease.

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