One in every four people in the developing world die from tuberculosis - a disease that claims up to 4 million lives each year. These are some of the alarming statistics highlighted at the opening of a TB symposium in Yaoundé, Cameroon this week.
Africa is falling well behind global targets for the treatment and control of tuberculosis, Professor Christopher Kuaban from the University of Yaoundé said in his opening address for the TB symposium, hosted by the Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases.
The reason for Africa's backlog, Kuaban explained, is that countries like South Africa, as well as well as other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, face a unique set of challenges in the fight against tuberculosis.
Conditions fuelling the spread