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European Leaders Should Take ‘Concrete And Immediate Steps’ Against TB In Eastern Europe

EurActiv: Political action is needed to stop Tuberculosis
Evan Lee, vice president of global health programs at Eli Lilly and Co. and a member of the Stop TB Partnership Coordinating Board

“On 30-31 March, Latvia will take advantage of its Presidency of the Council of the European Union to convene European leaders in Riga for the 1st Eastern Partnership Ministerial Conference on Tuberculosis and Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis. Greater political commitment to fight tuberculosis is urgently needed, as Eastern Europe is struggling with some of the highest rates of drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) worldwide. … Upon conclusion of the Ministerial Conference, delegates will be invited to adopt the Riga Declaration on Tuberculosis. It is my hope that the declaration will focus on concrete and immediate steps that can be taken to help people living with TB and MDR-TB in Eastern Europe, and prevent this disease from further wreaking havoc…” (3/19).