BRICS Countries Must Invest In Health Systems To Better Prevent, Treat Tuberculosis

NPR: ‘How Unromantic It Is To Die Of Tuberculosis In The 21st Century’
Salmaan Keshavjee, director of Harvard Medical School’s Center for Global Health Delivery-Dubai and senior TB specialist at Partners In Health

“…Ebola is the tip of a global health crisis: a crisis in our collective ability to deliver the essentials of modern medicine to those who need help the most, in the most timely and efficient manner. Few diseases illustrate the ongoing nature of this crisis better than tuberculosis, a highly transmissible airborne infection that kills more than 1.5 million people every year. … More than a third of TB cases and almost two-thirds of drug-resistant cases are found in the BRICS countries — Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, collectively seen as drivers of global economic prosperity and innovation that attract huge sums of foreign investment and that have burgeoning middle classes. The BRICS countries must stop the spread of this scourge by investing in health care delivery systems that are able to find, diagnose, and treat individuals exposed to and sick from TB. They must also put a priority on care for poor and vulnerable populations…” (3/22).