Today is World TB Day, marked annually around the world to raise awareness of this killer disease.
Tuberculosis kills up to 7,000 people per year in Nepal, down from over 20,000 in 1996 when the government improved TB control.
It is estimated that half of Nepal’s population carries TB.
Nepal has 1,000 TB treatment centres and 3,000 TB sub-centres, with 33,000 people taking TB medication.
Since 1996 34,000 women community health volunteers have been trained in TB control.
INF’s main TB clinic in Nepalgunj sees around 23,000 outpatients per year.