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Nigeria Should Confront TB, With U.S. Assistance

Washington Post: Nigeria needs to confront another scourge: Tuberculosis
David Bryden, TB advocacy officer for Results

“…Nigeria’s frustratingly slow response to the Boko Haram abductions of more than 200 schoolgirls is mirrored by its apparent lack of attention to another crisis with deadly implications. Last year, a national survey showed that there are nearly five times as many people with smear-positive tuberculosis in Nigeria as were previously thought. … It is time Nigeria confronted the TB challenge head on to protect all of its people, including its children. As it does so, the United States should continue its TB support for Nigeria. Unfortunately, President Obama has requested a 19 percent cut in USAID’s TB program, which has been helping Nigeria respond to the crisis” (7/1).