TB Efforts Must Include More Proactive Disease Prevention, Control Strategies

Scientific American: Winning the War on Tuberculosis
Masae Kawamura, senior director for medical and scientific affairs at QIAGEN

“…The major road block [to reaching global TB targets] is a global infrastructure of TB care and control that is woefully ill-equipped in resources and capacity to implement comprehensive disease control and prevention. … Full-scale program strengthening is needed now to modernize and effectively adopt the new technical advances offered by rapid molecular tests, shorter prevention regimens, and new drugs. … We urgently need to build, equip, and modernize the ground troops of TB control and prevention around the world. Combining the advances in treatment and diagnosis with new strategic purpose, manpower, and knowledge is essential if we are to move from today’s passive stagnant position to actively take the road to victory” (4/26).

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