“No woman should die giving life. And no child should be robbed of life because of his or her mother’s death,” said Ms. Ugochi Daniels, Country Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The Philippines currently carries the 9th largest burden of tuberculosis (TB) in the world. 2010 data showed that approximately 390,000 Filipinos have TB, and 75 people die daily from this curable disease.

“Good health must lie at the core of any successful response to ageing. If we can ensure that people are living healthier as well as longer lives, the opportunities will be greater and the costs to society less. Overwhelmingly the health challenges in older age are the consequences of non-communicable disease. We need to develop health systems which can provide the chronic care that these diseases and their risk factors require,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) at the celebration of the World Health Day on April 7 in Geneva, Switzerland.

On April 25, the world will commemorate World Malaria Day with the theme, “Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest in Malaria.”

Each year, almost half a million babies and children become ill with tuberculosis (TB) and as many as 70,000 are estimated to die because of the disease. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), children under 3 years of age and those with severe malnutrition or weakened immune systems are at greatest risk for developing TB.