What many think of as a disease from the days of La Bohème — tuberculosis — is today the world’s leading infectious killer. According to new data from the World Health Organization, the age-old scourge is even worse than we knew — with more people falling sick, more people dying, and more cases of dangerous drug-resistant strains than we previously thought. How is this possible when TB is both preventable and curable?
TB will only end when the world summons the energy and commitment to end it. But the White House has tried to cut TB funding for the last five years. We have to demand that our next president and Congress reverse course, making the end of TB a priority in our policies and in our investments. This is a problem we can solve, and it’s time to take action before the TB epidemic becomes even worse and more widespread.