Global Public Health



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Diseases | Public Health | Public Health Education and Promotion

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Afghanistan, a country in the Middle East, faces the epidemic of an infectious bacterial lung disease called Tuberculosis, or TB. Tuberculosis is fairly easy to spread, as the bacteria that causes it are spread from one person to another through tiny droplets released into the air via coughs and sneezes. Despite the widespread amounts of individuals affected with TB, it is known to be easily curable using a six month treatment. And so public health officials have implemented a program called DOTS, or Directly Observed Treatment Short Course in Kabul City to test the effectiveness of this treatment. The DOTS program over the course of five years was proven to be successful, and raised the TSR (treatment success rate) exponentially, making the curing of Afghanistan’s epidemic more possible in the future.