Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, has asked the White House to make tuberculosis a focal point of its Global Health Initiative.
As the Obama Administration works to flesh out the all-important details of its six-year $63 billion GHI plan, Brown sent a letter to the White House saying it is “imperative” that TB be part of the strategy to combat diseases around the world.
“TB kills nearly 2 million people each year and is the leading killer of people with HIV/AIDS,” Brown wrote in the Nov. 17 missive. “In many cases, AIDS patients receiving drugs thanks to American aid die for lack of TB treatment.”
Brown also pointed out the role an aggressive U.S. TB strategy could have in shoring up key American allies and in strengthening maternal health, a cornerstone of the GHI.
“Global aids for TB control and prevention will also advance women’s rights, which I know is a priority for your administration,” Brown says. “TB is the leading curable infectious killer of women, claiming even more women’s lives than maternal mortality.”
The Administration first announced its Global Health Initiative in May, but crucial details have yet to be released. The White House is reportedly crafting those detals now but it’s unclear when the full plan will be released publicly.
Here is a link to Brown’s letter.