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Governments Must Implement Recommended Tools, Policies To Treat, Prevent TB

Huffington Post: How Can We Eliminate TB If We Keep Settling For Less?
Madhukar Pai, professor and director of global health at McGill University, and Deepti Chavan, MDR-TB survivor

“This week, ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the Stop TB Partnership released the third edition of their report ‘Out of Step,’ based on surveys of TB policies and practices in 29 countries. The survey shows that many countries are out of sync with global policies. … The report by MSF and Stop TB Partnership … provides a vital clue as to why TB continues to wreak havoc in many low- and middle-income countries. Put simply, many countries are not implementing tools and policies that are known to be effective and life saving! … The Out of Step report … is wake-up call for the global health community, and underscores the desperate need for political will and adequate funding to tackle TB. All of us, patients, civil society, doctors, researchers, and TB controllers, should join the Step Up for TB campaign launched by MSF and the Stop TB Partnership and urge our governments to raise their ambition, and bring their TB policies and practices in line with global recommendations…” (7/5).

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