Tuberculosis is an endemic problem for much of the sub-Saharan African region. High infection rates, caused by high population density and the infrastructure of the living environment, contribute to high infection rates, as well as compromised immune systems from diseases such as HIV/AIDS and health issues like malnutrition . The insufficient infrastructure of medical care and the underutilization of such also contribute to the perpetuation of the disease. Tuberculosis negatively affects the physical health of infected individuals, whose effects can be long-lasting and decrease quality of life. It can also lead to the social rejection of those infected and place enormous economic burdens on patients and families. The adopting of emerging data regarding new treatment regimens for the disease has the potential to decrease the likelihood of transmissibility in areas, leading to decreased cases and a tapering effect on the disease.
"Prevalence of Tuberculosis in Sub-Saharan Africa,"
Ballard Brief: Vol. 2022:
1, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/ballardbrief/vol2022/iss1/3