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Myanmar battles dangerous new TB

URGENT SCRAMBLE:The country’s badly broken health system is struggling to find ways to combat spiraling rates of a new strain of multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis

AP, YANGON, Myanmar

Currently, the few patients in Myanmar lucky enough to get treatment for drug-resistant TB receive it free of charge.

However, with the numbers increasing, the government still needs to come up with US$41 million for its ambitious five-year US$53 million expansion plan. Most of the money contributed so far has come from international donors.

Eamonn Murphy, a UNAIDS country coordinator who works closely on TB, said while outside help is for the moment key to tackling drug-resistant TB, the ultimate goal should be to get the government to build up its share.

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