RESULTS Canada

RESULTS Canada

June 04, 2007 14:09 ET

Media Advisory: World Health Organization XDR / MDR Tuberculosis, Global Response

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 4, 2007) - You are Invited to a Telephone Media Briefing



What: Briefing on the World Health Organization's XDR / MDR
Tuberculosis Global Response. RESULTS will host a media call
featuring WHO and other international TB experts.

Who: Dr. Mario Raviglione, Director of the Stop TB Department at
the WHO
Dr. Paul Nunn, Coordinator of the WHO anti-TB drug resistance
team
Paul Thorn, survivor of Multidrug-Resistant TB
Joanne Carter, Associate Executive Director, RESULTS

When: Tuesday, June 5 at 10:00 EST

Where: You can take the call from any phone at no charge by
providing a number in advance where you can be reached, or by
calling in on a toll-free number.

Why: Multidrug-Resistant TB (MDR-TB) and the new, more dangerous
Extensively Drug-Resistant TB (XDR-TB) present an urgent
challenge to global public health. Worldwide, an estimated
424,000 people develop MDR-TB every year; in 2006, XDR-TB was
first identified and has now been found in 37 countries on
every continent, including in all G8 countries. Canada has
been a strong contributor to the global fight against TB,
which is the surest way to curb the emergence of drug
resistance in the long term. However, without a rapid and
comprehensive global response, the practical and financial
implications of detecting and treating patients with these
deadly TB strains and preventing the further spread of drug
resistance will be staggering. And drug resistant TB linked
to HIV, if unchecked will undermine the progress made in the
fight against AIDS in Africa.

How: To sign up for the call and receive a summary of WHO's 2007-
2008 XDR, MDR Tuberculosis Global Response, please provide a
number where you can be reached at the call time to Emily
Mintz at RESULTS at (202) 783-4800 x 143 or e-mail
emintz@results.org.

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