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Global Financing And Long-term Technical Assistance For Multidrug-resistant Tuberculosis: Scaling Up Access To Treatment
Author: Thomas J. Hwang, Salmaan Keshavjee
Publisher: Derivative Works
6 pages
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Type of publication: Article
ISBN/ISSN: 1549-1676
DOI: 10.1371/1001738
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Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDRTB), strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis resistant to the first-line antituberculosis drugs rifampicin and isoniazid, is a global public health concern and remains a leading cause of mortality and morbidity in low- and middle-income countries [1]. In response, World Health Organization (WHO) member states have called for action to ‘‘achieve universal access to diagnosis and treatment of multidrugresistant and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis’’ [2]. However, the drive to eradicate MDR-TB using current strategies remains an uphill battle [3,4]. Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDRTB), a form of MDR-TB with additional resistance to the backbone of the secondline antituberculosis regimen—fluoroquinolones and injectable agents—has been officially reported in 92 countries.

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