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Letter: Tuberculosis should be a political priority

Letter to the editor
Letter to the editor
Deseret News

It may surprise you to learn that tuberculosis is the world's biggest infectious killer. It's treatable, curable and preventable — so how did we let this happen?

For years, ending TB hasn't been a political priority. It's been underfunded and under-prioritized, and it claimed 1.6 million lives last year as a result, according to new data from the World Health Organization.

Happily, leaders in Congress have already called for a funding bump for TB for next year, and soon world leaders will gather at the United Nations to make new commitments in this fight.

This fall as Congress is negotiating a final budget for TB, I hope they'll follow the House's lead with the desperately needed — and long overdue — $40 million funding increase. It's time we take a new path on TB, and this should be the first step.

Ghislaine Mbia

Salt Lake City