We need people – people like those in TB Alert, who are focused and ambitious and care for people at grass roots in the UK, India and Africa. Dr Lucica Ditiu, Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership
The Global Plan to Stop TB 2011-15 also presents a positive picture of what can be achieved to address TB in the future. However, this is dependent on $47 billion USD of funding for implementation, research and development during the lifetime of the plan - no small order.
It is envisaged that by 2015 we will see:
- 32 million people diagnosed, and 28 million successfully treated under the DOTS strategy
- Seven million people tested for MDR-TB, leading to the treatment of one million confirmed cases
- HIV testing for 30 million TB patients
- Four million HIV-positive TB patients enrolled on preventive therapy (for TB and other infections) and antiretroviral therapy
- TB screening for 71 million people living with HIV
- Point of care tests for diagnosing active and latent TB, predicting if latent TB will become active and detecting drug-resistance
- A shorted treatment regimen - of four months - for drug-susceptible TB
- At least one-new drug to treat drug-resistant TB
- A safer, more effective treatment course for latent TB
- Four new TB vaccine candidates under Phase III clinical trials
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