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Importance Of Locally Driven And International Responses To TB ‘Cannot Be Overstressed’

The Lancet Global Health: Rebalancing the global battle against tuberculosis
Mario Raviglione and Mukund Uplekar of the WHO Global TB Programme; Cheri Vincent and Ariel Pablos-Méndez of USAID

“Meetings of health ministers from the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) have produced two joint statements in less than a year: the Delhi Communiqué (Jan 12, 2013) and the Cape Town Communiqué (Nov 7, 2013). Both statements bode well for global tuberculosis control. … In the new era of a globalized world and growing importance of global public goods, the economic transition in health calls for rebalancing of health development aid, international cooperation, and scientific leadership. Collective, coordinated, and country-led responses for a healthier world are the appropriate and responsible way forward. In this endeavor, the importance of country ownership with local advocacy and capacity, and international technical assistance and cooperation, cannot be overstressed” (February 2014).