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When Mabruka was 18, she came home from school one day and started coughing up blood.Mabruka was diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) and prescribed a daily regimen of 9-10 pills. The treatment lasted six months, and during that time she could not attend school.The standard treatment for TB is unacceptably antiquated.In 2016, multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB killed 240,000 people. The United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda aims to eliminate TB by 2030 .The international community needs to take five specific actions to eliminate the scourge of TB once and for all. More broadly, the ultimate goal should be universal health coverage, in order to protect people from the potentially catastrophic health expenditures associated with TB and MDR-TB.Specifically, that means identifying the 40 percent of TB cases – 60 percent of which are among people living with HIV – that are missed each year.
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