Humana and the fight against tuberculosis in countries like Malawi


Sailesi Kapalepale lives in the Mulanje district of Malawi. Some time ago she got sick: fever, cough, sweating, difficulty breathing, extreme tiredness... she couldn't even ride a bicycle anymore. At first Sailesi thought it was witchcraft, but in reality it was tuberculosis (TB). She discovered it when she went to the hospital and there underwent the corresponding diagnostic tests.

With the help of health technicians from our local partner DAPP Malawi, Sailesi completed anti-TB treatment, recovered and started cycling again.

In this video we see to what extent riding a bike again was a source of satisfaction for Sailesi. He was cured and felt useful again, being able to travel to other communities to see family and friends.

Humana People to People and the fight against tuberculosis

The organizations of the Federation Humana People to People develop different community health programs. Tuberculosis prevention and treatment programs are an example. These programs especially affect the most remote communities, made up of people with little information about health and difficult access to medical services. Community health workers have teams of volunteers to carry out door-to-door information and awareness campaigns.

The objective is to connect possible TB patients with health services and monitor them so that they continue treatments. In this way, the chances of the disease spreading decrease considerably. DAPP has been able to reach 1.4 million people with its TB awareness and training campaigns.

Another fundamental element for families is to have support to start small gardens with which to improve their diet. This greatly helps patients recover.

Programs like DAPP Malawi often mean the difference between dying and returning to normal life, as tuberculosis is the second deadliest infectious disease in the world. In fact, it is the most common cause of death among patients with HIV/AIDS.

In countries like Spain or Portugal, little is said about tuberculosis. The disease is not truly eradicated, but its incidence is relatively low. In Spain, the tuberculosis rate in 2020 was 10.02 cases per 100,000 men, and 5.64 cases per 100,000 women. The average age of the patient was 42 years in women and 48 in the case of men. The districts of Porto and Lisbon are the ones with the most cases in Portugal, around 20 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Globally, the incidence rate is 3,900 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, most of which are in Asia and Africa.

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