Obama Administration Unveils Plan to Combat Threat of Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis

The Obama administration has unveiled a much-awaited plan to fight the growing threat of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. As per health officials, it is a deadly strain of the number one infectious killer in the world.

The National Action Plan to fight the multidrug-resistant tuberculosis is the first such plan from the White House that would address the global threat of MDR-TB.

The new plans will help US track and identify the disease, and boost international capabilities to fight it, and develop new drug regimens and vaccines.

Eric Goosby, U.N. special envoy on tuberculosis, said, “TB has been one of those issues that has been neglected historically by the global health community. I’m very complimentary of the administration to feature MDR as the threat that it is”.

As per reports, tuberculosis kills over 4,100 people a day. The World Health Organization (WHO) mentioned in its 2015 Global Tuberculosis Report that the disease has overtaken HIV/AIDS as the most deadly infectious disease.

According to some experts, the continued spread of MDR-TB could increase exponentially in the coming years. Reports have shown that about 480, 000 people across the world have developed MDR-TB this year, and the disease has about a 50% cure rate, if treated on time.

A recent report from the UK revealed that over 75 million additional people might lose their lives due to MDR-TB in coming 35 years.

Dr. Rebecca Martin, the acting director of the Center for Global Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a statement that there is high need to find ways to reduce the risk domestically and globally of MDR-TB.

According to the ImperialValleyNews, combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria and the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria, identifies a set of targeted interventions that address the core domestic and global challenges posed by MDR-TB and extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB). The recommended interventions represent the U.S. Government’s contributions to reversing the worldwide spread of MDR-TB and can help inform policy development processes around the world. The National Action Plan is an effort to articulate a comprehensive strategy, and to mobilize political will and additional financial and in-kind commitments from bilateral and multilateral donor partners, private-sector partners, and governments of all affected countries.

In other news VOA News reported, While about 100 cases of MDR-TB are diagnosed annually in the U.S., the disease affects nearly half a million people around the world every year. The plan released Tuesday is the first from the White House to address the global threat of MDR-TB, the deadlier strain of tuberculosis.

The National Action Plan is built on three goals: strengthening domestic capacity to combat MDR-TB; improving work with other countries to better address the disease; and accelerating basic and applied research and development.

The Huffington Post notes that, The plan is the first from the White House to address the global threat of MDR-TB, the more deadly strain of tuberculosis that develops after inappropriate TB treatment, head on. It recommends that the U.S. better track and identify the disease, boost international capabilities to fight it, and develop new drug regimens and vaccines.

“TB has been one of those issues that has been neglected historically by the global health community,” said Eric Goosby, the U.N. special envoy on tuberculosis. “I’m very complimentary of the administration to feature MDR as the threat that it is.”

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