DID YOU KNOW THAT 1.7 MILLION PEOPLE DIE FROM TUBERCULOSIS EACH YEAR? THAT IS 1 PERSON EVERY 20 SECONDS
Researchers at the Centenary & Woolcock Institutes are dedicated to eliminating TB, but they need your support to continue their vital research.
Tuberculosis is a contagious, airborne infectious disease caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium Tuberculosis. In an attempt to protect our lungs and fight the TB, our bodies cultivate cells that have a protective functionality. This build-up and excessive inflammation of the protective cells, however, progressively destroys the lung. In essence, we are destroyed by our own body.
- Here in Australia, TB generally does not come to mind to the average person. The truth of the matter is that it should be on everyone's mind because it is a powerful, destructive disease
- In Australia there are around 1,200 cases of TB each year and multi-drug resistant TB cases are four times higher today than they were only a few years ago
- It is one of the 3 main causes of death in women aged 15-44 years old globally
- 2 billion people worldwide carry TB, and each year close to 2 million will die of it – that’s over 5,000 deaths every single day. Papua New Guinea (just north of us), has the highest burden in the Pacific region, and South-East Asia has one of the world’s fastest-growing rates of TB in the world.
The Woolcock, along with the Centenary, are aiming to wipe out TB all together. Please help us through donations so that we can continue our research and learn more about how to stop this life threatening disease.
Please visit our website dedicated to World TB Day to read more about TB, donate to the Centenary and Woolcock to help with research, or to register for updates on TB.
Every bit of support helps and we greatly appreciate everything. Thank you.