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Partnerships, Innovation, Political Will Needed To End TB Epidemic In Mining Industry

Huffington Post: An Ounce of Gold for a Pound of Cure
Kari Stoever, vice president of external affairs at Aeras

“[M]ore than being a precious metal and a hedge against financial apocalypse, the world’s gold binge is fueling one of the world’s most deadly epidemics — tuberculosis (TB). … Through innovative thinking and financing, this commodity has driven investor profits and national economies. Now it must drive solutions. The TB epidemic won’t be halted in our lifetimes without accelerated efforts, multi-sector collaboration and innovation. Political will, adequate investment and a focus on innovation can save a struggling gold mining industry in South Africa — and beyond. The failure to act now would reduce this precious metal to foolish gold” (1/23).

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