World Tuberculosis Day celebrated as country works to end TB by 2030

People register for TB testing the World Tuberculosis Day event on March 24 in Tboung Khmum province's Ou Reang Euv district. Picture taken on March 24, 2022. CamboJA/ Khy Sovuthy

On March 24, World Tuberculosis Day, hundreds gathered in Tboung Khmum province as part of a global awareness campaign, “Invest to End TB. Save Lives.”

Experts put drop in recorded TB cases down to pandemic

A member of a health organization provide consultation to TB patients in the Loeuk Dek district of Kandal province, July 20, 2021. Photo supplied.

The number of people who were treated for tuberculosis in 2021 decreased 26 percent compared to the previous year, according to the National Center for Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control (CENAT), which said the COVID-19 pandemic was responsible for the drop.

Over 300 Cambodian migrant workers returned from Thailand during pandemic positive for tuberculosis

Health officials interview returned Cambodian migrant workers in August 2021. Supplied

From January 2020 to November 2021, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) screened 15,034 migrant workers in Cambodia for tuberculosis. It found that only 1,519 had tested for the disease, of which 342—including 166 women—tested positive and were referred to health centers for treatment.

For families of TB patients, vital preventive treatment can be a burden

A member of a health organization provide consultation to TB patients in the Loeuk Dek district of Kandal province, July 20, 2021. Photo supplied.

Though COVID-19 has seized the world’s attention for nearly two years now, another, more familiar respiratory disease has lingered as one of the world’s most deadly infectious diseases.

Former TB patients describe their experiences as fight to end the disease continues

Health services organization officials meet at a pagoda with current and former tuberculosis patients, as well as others with contact with the disease, to form a community group to combat the disease. Photo taken on September 14, 2021. Photo Supplied

“Villagers and neighbors also discriminated against my family because they were afraid to be infected with tuberculosis from me,” Lida said.