Comment: Rebalancing the global battle against tuberculosis

The Lancet Global Health
Feb 2014  Volume 2  Number 2  e58 – 116

Rebalancing the global battle against tuberculosis
Mario Raviglione, Mukund Uplekar, Cheri Vincent, Ariel Pablos-Méndez
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Meetings of health ministers from the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) have produced two joint statements in less than a year: the Delhi Communiqué1 (Jan 12, 2013) and the Cape Town Communiqué2 (Nov 7, 2013). Both statements bode well for global tuberculosis control. The Delhi Communiqué underscores the principle of equity and focuses on populations who are most affected by the disease. The Cape Town Communiqué emphasises promotion of consortia of researchers to collaborate for clinical trials of drugs and vaccines, strengthening of access to affordable, high-quality, effective, and safe medicines, and delivery of high-quality health care.