Study predicts surge in HIV, TB and malaria deaths amid Covi
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Deaths from HIV, tuberculosis and malaria could surge in poor and middle-income countries as already weak health systems grapple with severe disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a predictive study published on 13 July.

The study published in The Lancet Global Health journal used disease-modelling projections to map out possible COVID-19 pandemic scenarios.

Over the next five years, deaths from the three diseases could rise by as much as 10%, 20% and 36% respectively - putting the mortality impact on a scale similar to the direct impact of the coronavirus pandemic itself.

Found that the greatest impact on HIV would be from interruption to supplies of the antiretroviral AIDS drugs taken by many patients to keep the disease in check.

With malaria, the study found the largest impact would be due to disrupted distribution of insecticide-treated bed nets, which protect millions of people from becoming infected by malaria-carrying mosquitoes.

Source: https://health.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/industry/study-predicts-surge-in-hiv-tb-and-malaria-deaths-amid-covid-19-pandemic/76950836
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