U.S. Congressional Action On TB Could Play Critical Role In Global Efforts

Post and Courier: America must help lead worldwide fight against tuberculosis
Willie Dickerson, volunteer and board member with RESULTS; Cameron Jones, student at the Medical University of South Carolina; and Ernest Loevinsohn, executive director of the Fund for Global Health

“…Congress is beginning to see the need for increased attention to global tuberculosis control, to help protect the health of people both here and abroad. In the current appropriations process both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have put forward increases, albeit modest ones, in U.S. assistance to battle the global TB epidemic. … Whether the final legislation contains the higher or lower number depends in large part on one person, [Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)], since he is the chairman of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over the issue. In the fall, the heads of the world’s governments will convene in New York for a high-level meeting on tuberculosis. … Congressional action on TB funding will send a powerful message one way or another” (8/5).