U.S. to aid Pakistan in TB fight

A United States funded survey to help Pakistan fight tuberculosis is expected to significantly enhance the country's ability to combat the illness.

The survey group recently reported on its findings to the U.S. Agency for International Development Deputy Country Director, Karen Freeman, and Anis-ul-Hassnain Musavi, Pakistan's Federal Secretary for the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination, according to

The TB prevalence survey was conducted on 110,000 men and women in 95 locations throughout Pakistan. The information contained in the results is expected to replace outdated surveillance intelligence on the extent of the disease.

"This survey demonstrates the U.S-Pakistan partnership as we work together to counter this public health threat," Freeman said, reports. "While the quality of TB care in Pakistan has significantly improved over the last ten years, this survey will enable Pakistan to plan and execute more effective programs."

The World Health Organization estimates that there are at least 400,000 new cases of TB every year in Pakistan. Of these, 15,000 are thought to be strains resistant to frontline drug treatment. The U.S. government has assisted Pakistan's efforts to stem the spread of TB since 2003. The survey cost $4.5 million to complete and was funded by the United States.

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