Mon 03 Mar, 2024

TB: The Inside Story – new documentary from National Prison Radio

Cases of Tuberculosis are rising in the UK, especially among those in prison. National Prison Radio is broadcasting crucial information in partnership with the UK Health Security Agency to help protect people in prison.

Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious lung disease caused by bacteria. It is typically identified by a persistent cough that lasts more than 3 weeks and sweating in the night. It is highly treatable but can become fatal if left untreated.

Around the world 10 million people contract the active form of the disease every year and globally, we are veering off our pathway set by the World Health Organisation, to completely eliminate TB by 2035.

Cases of TB in England rose by 10.7% in 2023 compared to 2022. TB cases are now above the pre-Covid numbers.

What does this mean for those inside prison?

The programme looks at how one of the worlds most contagious diseases could easily overwhelm a prison environment.

People housed in prisons have a high risk of developing tuberculosis (TB) and of having poorer TB treatment outcomes than the general population, making them a vulnerable group in the context of TB.

National Prison Radio is creating awareness amongst our listeners on how they can spot the signs in themselves and others.

TB: The Inside Story hears from someone who has beaten the disease, those on the front line in prisons fighting it and healthcare professionals with the low down on everything from symptoms, to testing.

By speaking to the experts and providing crucial information on the risks associated with contracting TB, National Prison Radio hopes to encourage people in prison with the signs and symptoms to make an appointment at healthcare immediately so they can get tested and treated.

National Prison Radio’s documentary TB: The Inside Story broadcasts on Tuesday 26 March.