Afghanistan’s Uphill Battle

With 53,000 cases, Afghanistan has one of the highest burdens of tuberculosis worldwide.

Poverty, poor access to health care, and ongoing conflict hinder efforts to combat the disease, especially as most of the affected areas are very difficult to access.

Updated WHO guidelines advising shorter, cheaper treatment regimens and rapid diagnostic tests offer opportunities, but Mohammad Razai, a medical doctor and global health researcher, argues that multi-drug resistant TB cannot be managed through the country’s national program alone. The success of the fight will hinge on engaging all providers, public and private.


PLoS Speaking of Medicine Blog
 

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