Health disasters will be rampant in developing countries, especially those that suffer from deteriorating health infrastructure and a lack of economic resources.
And since the Corona pandemic has damaged health care systems in many countries, the owners of chronic diseases will be the largest segment of the victims.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has said hundreds of thousands will die of tuberculosis; Because they are not receiving the necessary treatment because the health care system in the poorest countries has been damaged as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Peter Sands said; The Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, based in Geneva, said that the excess deaths from HIV and tuberculosis could exceed those caused by the Corona virus, according to Reuters.
The annual report of the Fund for the year 2020 showed that the number of people receiving treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis in the countries in which the Fund operates decreased by 19%, and AIDS prevention programs and services recorded a decrease of 11%.
"The number of people receiving treatment for tuberculosis in 2020 is about one million fewer than in 2019, and I fear that this will inevitably mean hundreds of thousands of deaths," Sands told Reuters.
Sands said; Medical services have been affected by the closures to contain Covid-19 as clinics and medical staff, which are usually used to fight tuberculosis, are dedicated to combating Covid-19 in countries such as India, and across Africa.. He added that he expected more damage this year due to the spread of the virus. Delta breed.
The Fund stated that malaria is an exception to this trend in 2020, as prevention activities have remained the same or increased compared to 2019.
Although the exact death toll is not yet known, Sands; He said that the rising deaths due to a relapse in the fight against diseases such as tuberculosis or AIDS is higher than the deaths of COVID-19 itself in some poor countries, such as parts of the Sahel region in Africa.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is a coalition of governments, companies from civil society and the private sector that invests more than $4 billion annually to combat the three diseases, and the United States is a major donor to the Fund.