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Jordan marks World TB Day: unite to end TB

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WHO_Representative_for_Jordan_Dr_Maria_Cristina_ProfiliAmman, 23 March 2017, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, International Organization for Migration and The National Anti Tuberculosis Association, WHO in Jordan marked World Tuberculosis Day under the theme “Unite to end TB” 

WHO Representative for Jordan Dr Maria Cristina Profili said that this day was a reminder that the preventable and curable disease of tuberculosis was still a threat to human life and prosperity, as WHO still ranked it, along with HIV, a leading cause of death due to communicable diseases. “World TB Day is an opportunity to affirm our commitment to end tuberculosis following the path set by the End TB strategy and the Sustainable Development Goals, namely Goal 3.3 related to communicable disease, including tuberculosis,” noted Dr Profili.

In 2015, in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, the estimated number of TB cases was 749 000. TB mortality has decreased significantly from 38 per 100 000 population in 2000 to 12 per 100 000 in 2015, with a total number of about 80 000 deaths. Diagnosis and treatment of resistant cases represent only 18% of the estimated cases. 

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Total population in thousands 10 053
Total expenditure on health (% of general government expenditure) 13.7
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 58
Primary health care units and centres (per 10 000 population) 6.9
Life expectancy 74.3

Source: Framework for health information systems and core indicators for monitoring health situation and health system performance, 2018

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