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New York, New York, Global Alliance for TB Drug Development, 2002. 2 p.A Lethal Synergy: While HIV/AIDS has exploded over the last decade, TB has increased 20% rise and today TB kills one out of three AIDS patient worldwide. The two diseases represent a deadly combination, since both are more destructive together than either is alone. HIV infection is the most potent risk factor for converting latent TB into active transmissible TB - accelerating the spread of the disease - while TB bacteria help accelerate the progress of the AIDS infection in the patient. Today TB is the leading cause of death in persons who are HIV positive. (excerpt)
1999 World TB Day: WHO TB report shows global response to epidemic inadequate. WHO Director-General calls for political commitment to Stop TB. "We must act now or multi-drug resistant TB will thrive," warns Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland. Press release.
Geneva, Switzerland, WHO, 1999 Mar 23. 3 p. (Press Release WHO/16)Annually, there are 8 million new cases of tuberculosis (TB) and multi-drug resistant TB is on the rise. According to the 1999 WHO Global TB Report, the spread of TB and the emergence of multi-drug resistance can be stopped through the WHO recommended Direct Observation Treatment, Short-course. But still, only 16% of the world's infectious TB sufferers receive the TB treatment recommended by WHO. In this regard, WHO has launched the Stop TB Initiative in partnership with the World Bank, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a coalition of nongovernmental organizations working to stop the spread of TB. The Initiative aims to accelerate TB control by expanding the global coalition of partners beyond the health sector; place TB higher on international political and health agendas; and significantly increase investment in TB control. The WHO Director-General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, calls for political commitment to stop TB before multi-drug resistant TB will thrive.