Stopping a killer

April 03, 2009|By Carole Mitnick

China has called an urgent meeting that could affect your life, and it's not about the global economic crisis - or global warming.

Instead, it's about a quiet global health threat that is more disturbing than you probably assume: the silent spread of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) around the world. Many global health leaders are in Beijing this week trying to draw attention to the danger, including Bill Gates, whose foundation has given billions of dollars to fight diseases; Margaret Chan, the director-general of the World Health Organization; and senior representatives from more than two dozen nations, including the United States.

carole_mitnick@hms.harvard.edu.

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