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Each year on 24 March, World TB Day is commemorated to raise awareness of this devastating and deadly disease. The theme for this year’s World TB Day is “Invest to End TB. Save Lives”, conveying the urgent need to invest resources to ramp up the fight against TB and achieve the commitments to end TB made by global leaders.

Invest to end TB. Save lives. World TB Day. 
UNITE4TB's vision: supporting affected comunities with easier, faster, more effective treatment options

Despite significant progress in recent years, TB continues to be among the leading causes of death worldwide, claiming the lives of 1.5 million people per year. The COVID-19 pandemic has reversed years of global progress in tackling TB, and multidrug-resistant TB – the largest concern in the control of antimicrobial resistance globally – could put at risk the gains made over the last few decades.

TB is preventable and curable, with the right treatments and sufficient resources, it is possible to stop its spread. However, to reach the ambitious targets of 95% death reduction and 90% incidence decline set by the World Health Organization in its global strategy to end TB, more investment in TB-related activities is urgently needed.

OUCRU’S CONTRIBUTION

As a partner of UNITE4TB, we are proud to be playing our part in the fight to end TB. The Consortium is working to deliver novel phase 2 clinical trials that will accelerate the development of new anti-TB drugs and regimens. Achieving this goal will facilitate fulfillment of one of the main unmet needs in the TB field: well-tolerated drug regimens of shorter duration that can be deployed to tackle TB across various drug-resistant patterns and comorbidities.

The full story is available on the OUCRU website

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