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WHO Reports On Project That Quickly Diagnoses MDR-TB

A news release from the World Health Organization announces progress made by a new project that “helped to triple the number of MDR-TB [multidrug-resistant tuberculosis] cases diagnosed in participating countries. ‘Earlier and faster diagnosis of all forms of TB is vital,’ [said] Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. ‘It improves the chances of people getting the right treatment and being cured, and it helps stop spread of drug-resistant disease.’ … The project has delivered impressive results… Ministries of health are now working on securing domestic funding for the medium-term and working with partners to fill financing shortfalls for quality diagnostic tests and services” (3/20).