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Physicians, Scientists Call On President Obama To Release Plan For Drug-Resistant TB

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Wanted: A plan for drug-resistant TB, and funds to make it work
Antigone Barton, senior writer and editor of “Science Speaks,” discusses a letter written by 600 physicians and scientists, which called on President Obama to release a plan and budget proposal for drug-resistant TB efforts in the U.S. and abroad. A statement accompanying the release of the letter states, “‘As physicians and researchers … we are concerned that the end of the year is approaching with no announcement of a plan, or of a commitment to fund the work and resources necessary to reverse the tide of [the] multidrug-resistant disease. The costs of delay will far outweigh the costs of taking the necessary steps now to align research, programming, and surveillance to end the scourge of tuberculosis once and for all'” (11/4).