YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar has received four state-of-the-art machines to detect tuberculosis, one of its major health problems.
The machines handed over Tuesday are among more than 200 donated to 21 countries in Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia where TB is still rampant. The deal was engineered by UNITAID, a health assistance consortium formed by the governments of Brazil, Chile, France, Norway and Britain that derives about 70 percent of its funding from a small levy on airline tickets.
Myanmar has the world’s fourth highest TB rate, with 525 cases per 100,000 people, compared to the global average of 178 cases.
UNITAID says the machines shorten the time to diagnose drug-resistant strains of TB from weeks to just a few hours.