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USAID Assistant Administrator Reflects On WHO TB Report

“I applaud the [WHO] on the release of the Global Tuberculosis Report 2013, which includes among its recommendations, a call to action to reach millions of people still awaiting quality tuberculosis (TB) care and a stronger approach to fighting the emerging threat of multidrug-resistant TB,” USAID Assistant Administrator for Global Health Ariel Pablos-Mendez writes in the agency’s “IMPACTblog.” He continues, “While this year’s report is an important reminder that TB continues to claim millions of lives globally, it also demonstrates that significant progress in preventing, detecting, and curing people of the world’s second biggest infectious killer can be made through strong political will, adequate resources, and a focus on the poorest and most vulnerable communities around the world” (10/23).