In Ethiopia, TB is succumbing to political will and the commitment of thousands of health extension workers, reports Talha Burki in The Lancet.
The Numbers: Ethiopia saw around 140,000 cases of TB in 2014. Roughly 90% of patients with drug-sensitive TB were successfully treated. There were 597 cases of MDR-TB. Treatment success rates for MDR-TB are a remarkable 78% there; worldwide, the rate is 48%.
“When this government says it will do something, it does it”, Mario Raviglione, director of WHO's Global TB Programme, says, referring to Ethiopia being the first African nation to fully integrate TB care into its health system.