White House Should Propose, Congress Should Approve Action Plan To Address Drug-Resistant TB

Huffington Post: Waiting for the White House Plan on Tuberculosis
Lee Reichman, professor of medicine and epidemiology and executive director emeritus at Rutgers Global Tuberculosis Institute

“…President Obama can now harness [the momentum from the U.N. General Assembly to end the TB epidemic by 2030] with a bold and ambitious plan of his own. If he proposes, and Congress approves, the necessary funding boost to implement his plan, we can avert the enormous cost of an escalating drug-resistant TB epidemic. We can work with leaders around the globe who are ready to intensify their efforts for both prevention and treatment and end the stigma about the disease. We can jumpstart crucial research, including for an urgently needed TB vaccine. But, if his TB Action Plan ends up just another unfunded plan gathering dust on the shelf, issued in the twilight of his presidency, then all we will have is the steady ticking of the TB timebomb…” (9/29).