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Tuesday, 24 April, 2001, 10:50 GMT 11:50 UK
TB on rise in Africa
Ethiopian man recovering from TB during 2000 famine
TB cases are on the rise in Africa
United Nations health experts are warning that cases of tuberculosis in Africa are likely to double over the next 10 years because of the rapid spread of Aids.

In a joint statement, the World Health Organisation and the UN Aids umbrella group said the two diseases had to be treated together as they are heavily interdependent, with TB a leading killer of people with Aids.

TB scourge
5,000 deaths a day
World's biggest killer of women
HIV/Aids a factor in rise in cases
Curable with right drugs
The organisations say that more than half the sub-Saharan Africans infected with HIV - which can cause Aids - go on to develop TB.

Talks

African ministers and health experts are now gathering in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, ahead of a meeting beginning on Thursday to examine ways of trying to deal with Aids, malaria and tuberculosis on the continent - Africa's three big killers.

The meeting, jointly organised by the OAU and the United Nations, is expected to be attended by some 47 African heads of state, the UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, the OAU Secretary General, Salim Ahmed Salim, and the former United States president, Bill Clinton.

Latest figures indicate that more than 25 million people in Africa are infected with the HIV virus.

Malaria kills some 7,000 people every day in Africa.

The number of TB cases is growing by 10% a year in Africa and will reach 3.3 million a year by 2005 say the UN.

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