"According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, much of the blame [FOR TB POLICY FAILURE] must go to "complacency"-- the absence of TB activism over the past several decades. In his opening presentation, Dr. Fauci contrasted the recent history of HIV and TB research, demonstrating the extent to which TB research has lagged behind that for HIV/AIDS. He credited activism with being the driving force behind HIV/AIDS research, leading ...to more tools to diagnose and treat HIV than are available for the rest of the viral diseases combined. In just a few decades, activism [created and sustained]a human accomplishment unprecedented in the history of medicine."Chris Patalano, blogging at ACTION.ORG (not affiliated).
Multidrug resistant (MDRTB) and extremely drug resistant tuberculosis (XDRTB) are spreading world wide with alarming outbreaks in China, Russia, India and South Africa. We are faced with the spectre now of strains which may be resistant to all known antibiotics, and recent vaccine trials were not successful. Dr Margaret Chan of the World Health Organization warns of a budget shortfall of over a billion dollars and suggests we invest now or pay a dear price later.
She is right. There is a stark imperative on moral and practical levels. Please help kickstart this subproject of the Alliance to Teach Everywhere About Community Health with Action Versus Infectious Disease.