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Announcement of youth engagement initiatives to end TB

Runner-up Thuy Van, Ambassador of the National Tuberculosis Program feels excited when participating in the game “Tuberculosis warriors”

There are an estimated 1.8 million young people aged 10-24 years, accounting for 17% of global TB infections, increasing TB cases each year – up to 20 times higher than in other population groups.

However, young people have little access to health care due to a lack of awareness about TB symptoms, stigma when sick, and barriers to accessing health systems, as well as lack of support from the public. family and society. Adolescents are therefore critically important to efforts to help end TB.

On the occasion of World Tuberculosis Day, a series of initiatives to prevent this disease were announced with the desire to attract the participation of the young generation. These initiatives focus on supporting projects around the globe that aim to identify the millions of people living with undiagnosed or untreated TB.

In many Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, a joint campaign with the first activity being the game “Tuberculosis warriors” on social networks Facebook, Instagram… was launched. .

Youth can participate in a web game as well as a hackathon for innovative and creative solutions to inspire people to seek care and treatment for TB. young.

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