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Statement from Kent Hill, USAID Assistant Administrator for Global Health, on the Observance of World Tuberculosis Day 2008
Date:3/24/2008

ved quickly to help countries and international partners respond to these new threats by assisting with drug-resistance surveys, building laboratory capacity to detect resistant strains, expanding country-level programs to treat MDR-TB patients, and supporting the Green Light Committee, which helps ensure that countries have effective programs to manage MDR-TB patients and second-line anti-TB drugs.

The threats of MDR-TB and XDR-TB have re-focused attention on the urgent need to develop more accurate and rapid diagnostics for TB, to develop new drugs effective against resistant strains, and to develop an effective TB vaccine. The U.S. is committed to work with country governments and the international community to successfully implement the WHO Global Plan to Stop TB. Together, we can continue to bring hope to the millions of people suffering from TB and work toward curing TB once and for all.

For more information on USAID's Global Health programs, please visit http://www.usaid.gov.

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