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Global Action, Investment Needed Now To End TB

The Lancet Infectious Diseases: Tuberculosis reaches new milestones, good and bad
Editorial Board

“…[T]uberculosis now ranks alongside HIV among the leading infectious causes of death, with the deaths of 1.5 million people being attributable to the disease … [T]he unenviable elevation of status gained by tuberculosis to rank alongside HIV strongly illustrates the need for action and investment and undermines concerns about cost that have so far hampered progress. It is not even the case that action needs to be, as for malaria, motivated by altruistic self-interest of western donors. Tuberculosis is already — and has long been — a major problem within high-income countries. Simply put, it’s time to end impotent calls for action; the demand now is for nothing less than success” (December 2015).

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