“Test Me, Treat Me” DR-TB Manifesto CampaignWorld TB Day Update: March 24, 2014 

Nothing to celebrate…

Today, only 1 in 5 people with DR-TB receive proper diagnosis and treatment, and only half of those who receive treatment are cured. Phumeza Tisile, co-author of the “Test Me, Treat Me” DR-TB Manifesto, recently posted her thoughts about World TB Day on her blog:

“Instead of celebrating zero TB deaths on World TB Day, someone is dying and many are sharing their depressing stories caused by TB. Happy World TB Day? I’ll be excited the day where there will be ONE drug for DR-TB, non toxic, and the day where there will be zero TB deaths. Now that day I will call it, HAPPY WORLD TB DAY!!”

We agree with Phumeza: there’s much work to be done before we can celebrate!

For World TB Day, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) issued press release and briefing paper on the alarming spread of deadly strains of drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) and calling on governments, pharmaceutical companies and researchers to mobilise urgently to save more lives and find new treatments.

So, what happens next?

You and more than 15,000 other people have already signed our petition in solidarity with Phumeza and the half a million people infected with deadly drug-resistant strains of TB each year. But you can still help by sharing the petition even more widely now with your own friends, families, and online communities to garner as many signatures as possible! Feel free to post our ready-to-use Twitter and Facebook messages available on our campaign website, or create your own!

We’ll be handing over the “Test Me, Treat Me” DR-TB Manifesto and all supporting signatures to the World Health Assembly in Geneva this May.  We’ll be asking the world’s most powerful health leaders to make a commitment to universal ACCESS to diagnosis and treatment, to rapid development of better TREATMENT regimens, and to full FUNDING of these efforts by the international community.

Your involvement in spreading the word is critical to MSF, to our patients, and to all who suffer from this terrible disease.  Thank you! 

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