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Highest level of political commitment needed to end TB by 2030

  • Shobha Shukla and Rita Widiadana

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Jakarta   /   Wed, October 23, 2019   /  02:51 pm
Highest level of political commitment needed to end TB by 2030 Fight against TB: WHO South-East Asia Region Office (SEARO) member countries agree to accelerate efforts to End TB in the region in a statement adopted at the End TB Summit in New Delhi, India, on March 14. (Kompas.com/File)

Indonesia has one of the world’s highest rates of tuberculosis (TB) infections. Rita Widiadana and Shobha Shukla spoke with Erlina Burhan, head of directly observed treatment short course (TB DOTS) and multi-drug-resistant TB at Persahabatan Hospital, East Jakarta, for The Jakarta Post. Erlina is also a board member of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, which will hold its 50th conference in Hyderabad, India, on Oct. 30-Nov. 2. The following are excerpts from the interview. What is Indonesia’s major target in eliminating TB by 2030? Indonesia is one of the United Nations (UN) member countries that have committed to upholding the 2018 Political Declaration of the UN high-level meeting on tuberculosis that includes treating 40 million patients with TB and 30 million people with latent TB infection (LTBI) globally by 2022. A person with LTBI doe...

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