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Countries Agree On U.N. Draft Declaration On TB Ahead Of First-Ever High-Level Meeting

Agence France-Presse: U.N. agrees global plan to battle TB ahead of first-ever summit
“U.N. member states on Friday agreed on a global plan to step up the fight against tuberculosis, the world’s number one killer among infectious diseases, settling a row with the United States over access to cheap drugs…” (9/14).

Deutsche Welle: U.N. wins support to end TB after U.S. dispute
“…The main goal of the agreement is to consolidate support to end the tuberculosis epidemic by 2030. The declaration is expected to include a commitment of $13 billion (€11.2 billion) annually to end the spread of the infectious disease, with an additional $2 billion to fund research for that goal…” (9/15).

The Guardian: Scientists warn of global crisis over failure to tackle tuberculosis
“…More than 10 million new cases of TB are detected every year and about 1.7 million people die of the disease, according to a recent report by U.K. doctors. At the same time, the group describes current global anti-TB measures as ‘woefully inadequate.’ In a letter to Theresa May the group — U.K. Academics and Professionals to End Tuberculosis — says the intervention of world leaders is urgently needed to contain TB as the number of antibiotic-resistant cases continues to rise. The letter urges May to attend the U.N. General Assembly meeting on ending TB on 26 September as the head of Britain’s delegation…” (McKie, 9/15).

VOA News: U.N. General Assembly Hosts High-Level Talks to Combat Tuberculosis
“…The U.N. General Assembly hopes to draw more attention to the problem by hosting its first-ever, high-level meeting on tuberculosis. The meeting will be at the end of September to bolster global efforts to end the disease and help those affected…” (Craig, 9/15).

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