On World TB Day, Opinion Pieces Discuss Steps To End Epidemic

Devex: 5 ways to bring about a TB resistance ‘paradigm shift’
José Luis Castro, executive director of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease

“…[O]ur [TB] response must dramatically change. TB programs must do a much better job treating MDR-TB and providing the quality care that prevents TB from becoming drug-resistant in the first place. … There are things that we can begin doing better now, with the current tools at our disposal, to confront TB resistance. … 1. Implement a comprehensive patient-centered approach to MDR-TB treatment as the standard of care. … 2. Cultivate the next generation of clinicians and researchers. … 3. Enroll new political leaders. … 4. Improve outreach to faith leaders and communities of faith. … 5. Educate and mobilize the public…” (3/24).

Huffington Post: NIH Statement on World Tuberculosis Day
Anthony S. Fauci, director of the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID); Richard Hafner, chief of the TB Clinical Research Branch in the NIAID Division of AIDS; and Christine F. Sizemore, chief of the Tuberculosis and Other Mycobacterial Diseases Section in the NIAID Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

“On World Tuberculosis (TB) Day 2016, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), reaffirms its commitment to researching ways to better understand, prevent, diagnose, and treat TB. … New diagnostic tools are in development to detect early [Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb)] infection more accurately and to identify and track drug-resistant strains. … These data will aid the development of TB diagnostics and rapid drug susceptibility tests for MDR-TB and XDR-TB…” (3/24).

Huffington Post: The Goal of Ending TB is Within our Reach
Ariel Pablos-Mendez, assistant administrator for global health and child and maternal survival coordinator at USAID

“…The next five years are critical in the fight to end TB. … Despite significant progress in addressing the epidemic, we need to accelerate our efforts to eliminate TB as a global health threat. … In addition to successful partnerships, increased investments, and scaling up the use of new tools, we will need a sustained focus on research to effectively prevent, diagnose, and treat TB. … Over the past twenty years, the world has made some significant progress in combating TB. We need to build upon this remarkable progress and continue to innovate, invest, and collaborate to achieve ambitious goals, such as those outlined in the White House National Action Plan for Combating MDR-TB, and ultimately, end TB. Together, we can achieve this” (3/24).

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