The Moral Case Makes Economic Sense

The attention on tuberculosis at tomorrow’s first UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting focused on ending the scourge is welcome. But it must be matched by resources, argue Bjorn Lomborg, president of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, and Aaron Motsoaledi, South Africa’s Minister of Health and chair of the Stop TB Partnership Board.
 
We have the technical ability to end TB, they write, but “global dithering has allowed it to become a silent killer of the world’s worst-off.” About $6.9 billion was spent on the disease last year; that needs to nearly double by 2020, according to the authors, to end TB. Not only would lives be saved; it would generate huge economic gains, they write.
 
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