The BRICS countries need to step up their investments and efforts to stem the scourge of TB, writes Salmaan Keshavjee in NPR’s Goats and Soda blog in advance of tomorrow’s World TB Day.
9 million people become infected with TB each year and more than 1.5 million people die of the disease that has been largely curable since 1947.
Since more than 1/3 of TB cases and 2/3 of drug-resistant cases occur in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, they must invest in “health care delivery systems that are able to find, diagnose and treat individuals exposed to and sick from TB. They must also put a priority on care for poor and vulnerable populations,” argues Keshavjee, director of Harvard Medical School's Center for Global Health Delivery-Dubai.
NPR Goats and Soda