Namibia has achieved a TB treatment success rate of 87%, 3% short of its 90% target.

Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, revealed this at the World TB Day held at Luderitz in the Kharas Region. 

With the eleventh highest TB incidence in the world, the World Health Organisation (WHO) listed Namibia as a highly TB-burdened country. 

"As Minister of Health and Social Services, I am committed to leading this important charge—the fight to eliminate TB. We will work tirelessly to ensure that every person who needs the services, regardless of their socio-economic status or geographic location, has access to quality TB prevention, diagnosis, and treatment services. We will address the social determinants of health that fuel the TB epidemic, including poverty, inequality, and a lack of access to health care."

The Health Minister stressed that investments in health remain key to driving progress in the fight against TB and leprosy. 

"We must mobilise resources—financial, human, and technological—to support research and innovation, strengthen health systems, and expand access to quality TB services, especially in vulnerable communities. This requires not only increased funding from governments, philanthropic organisations, and the private sector but also smarter allocation of resources to maximise impact and efficiency."

Minister Shangula, however, noted that investment alone is not a remedy, expressing appreciation to all stakeholders in the fight against TB. 

Stakeholders in the health sector commended Namibia for progress made in TB incidence rate reductions. 

Minister Shangula also launched the health authority's 2023–24–2027–28 strategic plan for TB and leprosy during the commemoration of World TB Day.

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