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TB2016 demands a global commitment to end TB
Theo Smart, 2016-07-19 06:10:00

While much of TB 2016, held on the eve of AIDS 2016 from 16-17 July 2016 was devoted to the rapidly evolving science in the fight against TB, the meeting also highlighted the failure of the world, including the international HIV community, to adequately respond to the TB epidemic — which last year surpassed HIV as the leading infectious cause of death in the world.

This has led to a series of calls for a paradigm shift to move beyond TB control to actually ending TB. However, as Stephen Lewis of AIDS-Free World said in a keynote address on the final day of the pre-meeting, “this room is filled with principled advocates and activists who would move heaven and earth to defeat this disease, but the collective efforts are compromised by indifference in high places, by an absence of political leadership, and by strangulated shortfalls in resources.”