Data presented by the Global TB Caucus on Wednesday, December 6, shows that Namibia needs at least N$26 billion to treat Tuberculosis (TB) between 2015 and 2030.
Namibia is the fourth worst TB affected country in the world, with over 9,000 patients diagnosed with the disease in 2014.
This new research outlines the extent of the human and economic cost which will result from inaction in addressing the TB epidemic.
The estimates, based on figures from the World Health Organization, show that failing to tackle TB will cost the world economy US$983 billion by 2030.
The report predicts the death toll between 2015 and 2030 to be around 25,800.
Last year alone, about 1,600 Namibians died from TB related complications.
According to the Chairperson of the Namibian TB caucus, Elma Dienda, this is an indication that the country needs to act fast to end TB.
“There is an economic as well as national health and human imperative for Namibia to act immediately to end TB,” she said.
Dienda called upon stakeholders to stand together and help the health ministry in addressing the TB epidemic.
Namibia reported a marginal increase in the number of TB cases from 9,882 cases in 2014 to 9,944 cases in 2015, according to statistics obtained from the Ministry of Health and Social Services.
The number of reported cases of multi-drug resistant TB also increased from 137 to 190 during the same period.
According to a 2016 report by the Ministry of Health and Social Services, the national target for treatment success rate for all forms of TB in 2014 was 90 percent.