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Monday, September 17, 2018

The Elders Urge to Intensify Efforts against Tuberculosis



United Nations, Sep 17. – This Monday, the group of advisers The Elders urged world leaders to redouble their efforts to eradicate tuberculosis (TB) and attend a summit on the issue at the UN on September 26th.

The independent group made up of diplomats with great experience in the work from the United Nations, wrote a letter with that request to 12 world leaders, including those of the main donor countries in the fight against TB and those from territories with high incidence of the disease.

Currently, tuberculosis is the leading cause of infectious diseases in the world, said The Elders.

In 2016, 10.4 million cases and 1.7 million deaths were reported due to this condition.

However, only 61 percent of the cases were found and treated successfully, despite the fact that TB is preventable and curable, lamented the group.

They also urged world leaders to redouble their efforts and show a true political commitment in the high-level meeting on the subject, to be held in the framework of the General Assembly, on September 26th. (Taken from Prensa Latina)