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Organizations Call For Next U.S. President, Congress To Exhibit ‘Bold Leadership’ Against TB

RESULTS: The Next U.S. President Should Confront the TB Epidemic Head On
In response to the WHO’s release of the 2016 Global Tuberculosis Report, “showing that the tuberculosis (TB) epidemic is worse than previously known, … eight leading U.S. organizations released the following statement: … ‘The next U.S. president must confront the TB epidemic head on, devoting much greater funding and attention to this epidemic and taking advantage of the latest technological innovations. We need bold leadership from the U.S., not unfunded action plans.’ … A response to global TB from the next administration and Congress should include: Funding to implement the White House National Action Plan for Combatting MDR-TB, including doubling bilateral funding to fight TB; Ensuring drug resistant TB is central to the response to antimicrobial resistance (AMR); Providing technical assistance and mentoring to help countries prevent and treat all forms of TB; Boosting TB research and development to develop new vaccines, treatments and diagnostics; Increasing the U.S. domestic response to TB, to fully support the currently unfunded prevention and treatment of latent TB infection…” (10/13).

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