About 1,000 children in Ukraine get tuberculosis every year

"About 1,000 children in Ukraine get tuberculosis a year, unfortunately 10 of them we lose from this disease," - said Deputy Chairman of the Ukrainian Association of People with Tuberculosis "Stronger than TB" Olena Fedorovska during a conference at the news agency Ukrinform.

According to her, the WHO in 2017 drew attention to childhood tuberculosis, because in countries with high levels of tuberculosis infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis occurs in childhood. These facts confirm the need to control latent tuberculosis infection, as it is children who are indicators of the spread of tuberculosis.

Today, according to Fedorovska, there are 19 schools for children with small forms of tuberculosis in Ukraine, regional children's anti-tuberculosis dispensaries, and centers for providing medical care to children with active forms of tuberculosis. But these medical institutions are shrinking, and the question arises who will accompany such children. According to Fedorovskaya, imposing such responsibilities on a family doctor is inexpedient, due to the heavy workload on primary care physicians. Therefore, it is unclear how and where such children will receive medical care.

According to the WHO, announced at a press conference by Igor Gorbasenko, Chairman of the Board of the Expert Community of Patients of Ukraine, Ukraine ranks 4th in the world in the incidence of adult tuberculosis, and fifth in the incidence of children among 53 regions controlled by the European Bureau. WHO. The average estimated WHO figure for child morbidity is 37.4 per 100,000 children, and 4.5 times higher than the official figure.

Also, according to him, the coverage of children with professional examinations for tuberculosis has decreased from 90% to 36%. NGOs have taken the initiative to create a Children's Fund to combat tuberculosis.

“We are announcing the creation of a Children's Fund to fight tuberculosis. With the reduction of anti-tuberculosis centers and medical institutions where children with tuberculosis were treated and rehabilitated, the question arises as to what happens to these children. Therefore, we believe that this issue is one of the most important and we aim to create a program of reforms to combat childhood tuberculosis in Ukraine and promote its implementation, as well as to explore the real state of tuberculosis among children and adolescents, to identify the needs of each child, "he said. Vitaliy Rudenko, Chairman of the Board of the Ukrainians Against Tuberculosis NGO.

The new Guide to Reducing Discrimination in the Context of COVID-19 saw the world

Building on 40 years of experience in the fight against AIDS, UNAIDS is releasing a new guide to reducing stigma and discrimination in the context of COVID-19. The handbook includes the latest data on what can effectively reduce HIV / AIDS stigma and discrimination; these same measures are proposed to be used in the context of COVID-19.

"Following the fear and insecurity that grips people during a pandemic, discrimination is rapidly evolving," said UNAIDS Executive Director Winnie Byanyima. "Stigma and discrimination expose people to violence, harassment and isolation, prevent access to health care and prevent health care professionals from effectively combating panemia."

Guide offers countries human rights-based guidelines governing education, support, referral and other interventions. It contains solutions for six specific areas: community life, workplace interaction, education, health, justice, and emergencies in need of humanitarian assistance.

 

In Ukraine, the possibilities of HIV diagnosis and treatment have been expanded

The order of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine dated August 17, 2020 № 1903 “On approval of Amendments to the order of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine dated July 10, 2013 № 585” was recently published. Approval of changes to the order makes possible to diagnose "HIV infection" and prescribe antiretroviral therapy by doctors who have completed an internship in "222 Medicine" and passed specialization courses or thematic improvement on HIV / AIDS in higher medical education or postgraduate education. information and training on HIV / AIDS case management on the basis of higher education institutions, postgraduate education institutions, research institutions, health care institutions, including natural persons - entrepreneurs who are registered and licensed in the manner prescribed by law.

Prior to the changes, only AIDS Infectious Diseases Center doctors could diagnose HIV and prescribe ART. The new order also increased the term of issuing antiretroviral drugs for the treatment of stable patients and clarified the concept of a stable patient.

The International HIV / AIDS and Tuberculosis Institute has handed over to the Ministry of Defense a batch of rapid tests to detect socially dangerous diseases

On November 5, the international non-governmental organization "International HIV / AIDS and TB Institute" passed another batch of rapid multi-tests to identify socially dangerous diseases among the personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Thus, 4,000 units of rapid tests for hepatitis B, C, syphilis and HIV were transferred to the Sanitary and Epidemiological Department of the Command of the Medical Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. During the week, the tests will be distributed among the medical services of military units and delivered to the regions. It should be noted that special attention is paid to military-mobile hospitals that perform assigned tasks in the area of ​​environmental protection.

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