According to the National Institute of Health, Pakistan ranks 5th among the high-burden countries in the world and Tuberculosis (TB) still remains as one of the major public health crises in Pakistan. The prevalence, incidence, and mortality per 100,000 population per year from TB in Pakistan are 348, 276, and 34 respectively (nih.org.pk).
According to the World Health Organization, in 2021, eight countries accounted for more than two-thirds of global TB Cases. Of these eight countries, Pakistan contributed 5.8% of the global cases (who.int/pak). Pakistan is struggling to bring an end to the TB epidemic and hopes to do so by 2035 creating a TB-free Pakistan with zero deaths caused by TB.
Many people in Pakistan may be living not knowing they have TB or have never been diagnosed. In 2020, 573,000 people fell ill with TB of which 276,736 people were aware of having TB and 296,264 people were never aware or diagnosed (ntp.gov.pk). The death rate for untreated TB is approximately 50% and the impact that reduced case detection has on TB mortality is severe. Proper education and resources may help alleviate the lack of diagnoses of TB and spread awareness of this illness.
NekiBazaar plans to help Pakistan’s effort in alleviating the burden of TB by donating medical supplies corresponding to Pakistan’s TB public health issue. Medical supply donations from Valley Diabetes & Obesity include 1 mL 27G x ½ (0.4mm x 13mm) TB syringes that will directly go towards Pakistan’s efforts in creating a TB-free Pakistan. We strive to improve and help Pakistan’s public health efforts through this donation and hope that many citizens of Pakistan will benefit from our donation from NekiBazaar.