WHO launches plan to fight drug resistant tuberculosis

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 28 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1340
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. London

    The World Health Organization and the Stop TB Partnership, a global alliance of health, research, and funding organisations, last week launched a $2.2bn (£1.1bn; €1.6bn) plan to contain drug resistant tuberculosis, which includes multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and the recently identified extensively drug resistant strains of the disease (XDR-TB).

    Extensively drug resistant tuberculosis raises the possibility that tuberculosis that is susceptible to drug treatment will be replaced by a form with “severely restricted treatment options.”

    WHO warns: “If this happens it would jeopardise the progress made in recent years to control TB globally and would also put at risk the plans to progress towards universal …

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