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Greater Political Will Needed To End TB Worldwide

New York Times: Letter to the Editor: Fighting TB Requires Political Will
Ruvandhi Nathavitharana, attending physician in the Infectious Diseases Division at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Philip Lederer, attending physician in the Infectious Diseases Section at the Boston University School of Medicine

“…The most important intervention to decrease [tuberculosis (TB)] transmission is early diagnosis and prompt initiation of effective treatment. … But this relies on the strengthening of health systems …, which requires meaningful increases in national health budgets. The striking absence of heads of state from any of the G8 or BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa), except for President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, at the recent United Nations meeting on tuberculosis highlights that greater political will is needed if we are to combat TB as the No. 1 infectious cause of deaths worldwide” (10/7).

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