International group of doctors and scientists warn of modern Tuberculosis threat

25th March 2013

This year’s World TB Day on Sunday 24th March saw concerning news around Tuberculosis (TB) in the UK’s media.

An international group of doctors and scientists writing in the Lancet Medical Journal have warned of a rise in ‘virtually untreatable’ TB, adding that governments needed to take more action and avoid complacency on the issue.

In an introduction to a new series of articles on TB, the group stated:

‘Visionary political leadership is needed to curb the rise of MDR [multidrug-resistant] and XDR [extensively drug-resistant] tuberculosis worldwide, through sustained funding and the implementation of global and regional action plans.’

The full series of articles can be found online at www.thelancet.com (registration required).

View the BBC article on this topic

benenden health’s own history in the fight against TB began in 1905, when a Post Office telegrapher, Charles Garland, promoted a mutual membership model as an easily affordable way for ordinary Post Office workers to get effective treatment in the event of contracting TB. This mutual model formed the framework for the modern organisation that is benenden health today.

View a short video below describing why TB was so prevalent in this particular working environment, how Charles Garland sought to address this and what treatment involved – in an age before modern drugs almost eradicated TB in the UK.

 

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