“The TB Village”: World TB Day 2019 in the DRC

On Sunday, March 24, 2019, the Democratic Republic of Congo, like the rest of the world, commemorated World TB Day. For this celebration, a TB village has been set up.

The theme “It’s time” has been translated at the national level as follows: “It’s time to actively seek all TB cases in the community and in prisons”. In Kinshasa, the official ceremony was launched at Place Sainte-Thérèse de N’djili by the Minister of Health, Dr Oly Ilunga Kalenga, in the presence of the WHO Interim Representative in the DRC, Dr Deo Nshimirimana and several other distinguished guests.

Dr Nshimirimana read on this occasion the message conveyed to Member States by WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, in which she called on African governments to increase their current levels of investment in tuberculosis care and prevention, which are well below what is required to end the epidemic before the sustainable development goals expire.

Over the past two years, WHO has advocated more strongly for the mobilization of additional resources from the Global Fund so that the DRC can acquire four mobile units that now serve the poor population for active and free tuberculosis screening to reduce the prevalence rate of this disease. WHO, through its DRC Country Office, has also produced and provided guidelines for the use of these mobile clinics, including algorithms


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