Advocates, U.N. Leaders Call For More Action Against TB, Say Tide Turning On World Day

The Guardian: Eradicating poverty would dramatically reduce TB cases, study finds
“Programs to tackle poverty could be just as effective in the fight against tuberculosis as medicines and vaccines, research has found. Eradicating extreme poverty would lead to an 84 percent reduction in TB cases by 2035, according to a report published to coincide with World Tuberculosis Day on Saturday. Nine scientists and policymakers carried out research examining incidences of TB across 192 countries for a study that appears in Lancet Global Health…” (Summers, 3/24).

HuffPost: ‘This Is Real Momentum’: World TB Day Finally Marks A Promising Shift
“…[U]sually on World TB Day on March 24, the global health community rallies around that point. Then another year goes by. But this year, advocates agree, the energy is different. … All of this is part of the build-up to Sept. 26, the first U.N. high-level meeting on tuberculosis, which global health experts consider to be the pivotal moment the movement has been working toward…” (Weber, 3/24).

U.N. News: ‘Bold action’ needed to end tuberculosis, AIDS — U.N.
“Claiming more than 4,500 lives daily, tuberculosis (TB) continues to be the top infectious killer worldwide as well as the leading cause of death among people living with HIV, the United Nations said Friday, ahead of World Tuberculosis Day. ‘The world has the resources to end the interlinked epidemics of tuberculosis and HIV, but political commitment and country action are lacking,’ said the executive director of UNAIDS — the Joint U.N. Programme on HIV and AIDS — Michel Sidibé. ‘Political, religious, and civil society leaders need to step up to guarantee everyone the right to breathe, to live free from tuberculosis and AIDS,’ he added…” (3/23).

Xinhua News: U.N. calls for actions to end TB, AIDS by 2030
“…To address the challenges, UNAIDS has outlined a series of important actions, such as ensuring rights-promoting and non-discriminatory service delivery for all; empowering communities to demand their right to health; giving a new impetus to the response to TB and HIV by impelling political, religious, and civil society leaders; and innovating for new medicines and vaccines…” (3/24).

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