Director Of CDC’s Center For Global Health Testifies On U.S. TB Response Before House Subcommittee
CDC: The Threat of Drug-Resistant TB in Southern Africa
During testimony last week before the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, Rebecca Martin, director of the CDC’s Center for Global Health, discussed the global threat of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) and CDC’s role in addressing the epidemic. Martin said, “Like other infectious threats, TB (and especially drug-resistant TB) jeopardizes the health, security, and prosperity of America and our partners. … Political will is critical from every country combating TB. … [H]eads of state will gather in September 2018 at the United Nations General Assembly for the first-ever high-level meeting on TB, which could lead to new commitments from countries and accelerate progress where it is needed most. The world is focused on the TB epidemic, and we must seize the moment together to halt this global threat in its tracks” (7/12).