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More Prevention, Treatment, Funding Efforts Needed To End TB, Experts Say On World Day

Devex: Building tuberculosis awareness in low-risk countries
“…While World TB Day, celebrated on March 24, came with a range of new announcements including a new report from [the] Lancet Commission on tuberculosis, which provides a framework for delivering on the political commitments made by heads of state and government in October last year at the United Nations High-Level Meeting on TB, there still remains an important challenge: more funding…” (Cornish, 3/25).

Homeland Preparedness News: The Lancet Commission on Tuberculosis seeks to eliminate disease by 2045
“Within a few decades, The Lancet medical journal’s Commission on Tuberculosis (TB) believes that the disease could be eliminated if proper funding, increased research, and greater accountability mechanisms are provided…” (Galford, 3/22).

SciDev.Net: TB ‘can be eradicated’ with funding push
“Global health organizations have issued a call to action for World Tuberculosis Day, with experts saying the deadly disease can only be eradicated if research funding is ramped up. … Declines in TB mortality are failing to keep pace with those from other infectious diseases such as HIV and malaria and the world is not on track to meet U.N. and WHO targets, according to a report in The Lancet medical journal…” (Douglas, 3/23).

U.N. News: It’s ‘time to #EndTB,’ says U.N. on World Tuberculosis Day
“Tuberculosis, or TB, is not only the world’s top infectious killer, it is also the leading cause of deaths among people with HIV and a major cause of antimicrobial resistance-related deaths, the United Nations health agency said on Sunday, World Tuberculosis Day. … Since 2000, global efforts to combat this preventable and curable disease have saved an estimated 54 million lives and reduced the TB mortality rate by 42 percent. ‘The theme of this year’s World TB Day is: It’s time to end TB,’ said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director general, leading the global call to ‘Find. Treat. All. #EndTB’…” (3/24).

Xinhua News: Mixed progress towards reducing TB deaths of people living with HIV: UNAIDS
“Five countries have already met and 18 more are on track to meet the U.N. target of reducing tuberculosis (TB) deaths among people living with HIV by 75 percent by 2020, the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said in a report published here on Friday. However, most countries are lagging behind and risk missing the target completely, according to the report…” (3/22).