Test Me, Treat Me: A Drug-Resistant TB Manifesto
As the epidemic continues to spread, Drug-resistant TB becomes increasingly hard to tackle. The treatment is too long, too toxic, and too costly – the drugs alone cost at least $4,000 just to treat one person. We want to save many more lives, but we desperately need shorter, safer and more effective treatment to do so.
We, the undersigned people with DR-TB and those involved in their care, here raise the alarm about the devastating toll this disease is taking on us, our families and communities across the globe, and therefore make the following three demands:
1) We call for universal access to DR-TB diagnosis and treatment now.
2) We call for better treatment regimens: the TB research community, including research institutes and drug companies, must urgently deliver effective, more tolerable, shorter and affordable DR-TB drug regimens.
3) We call for more financial support to increase DR-TB treatment, and a commitment to support research into developing better treatment