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U.N. Special Envoy Examines Association Between TB, Poverty In Europe

BMJ Blogs: Michel Kazatchkine: Tuberculosis and poverty in Europe
Michel Kazatchkine, the U.N. secretary general’s special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, discusses TB eradication efforts in Europe and the disease’s link to poverty, writing, “…Different pathways, including poor and crowded conditions of living, contribute to the strong positive correlation that exists between poverty and the incidence of TB. Three highly vulnerable populations are particularly affected: incarcerated people, people who inject drugs, and migrants, all three groups of relevance to Europe today…” (5/29).