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Pakistan became a sovereign state in 1947 and its present projected population is estimated at 151 million, spreads over an area of 852392 sq km. The population growth rate is 2.5 % life expectancy is about 63 yrs and the average literacy rate is 50 %. Per capita income is US $ 492. Health expenditure (public sector) is 0.08 % while total health sector investment is 3.9 % of GDP.
Administratively Pakistan comprises of five provinces besides Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), Federally Administered Areas (FATA) and the state of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K). The country has a mixed society, which is predominantly Muslims. Urdu is the National language while multiple regional languages are spoken in the country; however, English is used for most official purposes. Each province/area is divided into districts, which are the basic administrative units.
GLOBAL TB SITUATION:
W.H.O declared TB a global emergency in 1993. Since then efforts have been made to expand partnerships and bring all stakeholders on board in order to control this disease more effectively. The economic conditions correlate with new cases of TB. The highest incidence is seen in those countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America with the lowest gross national products. WHO estimates that eight million people are infected with TB every year, out of which 95% live in developing countries. An estimated 3 million people die due to TB every year.