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MRC Consultation, Johannesburg, South Africa, Sept 7, 2006 Global 7-point Action Plan to Combat XDR TB

1.

Conduct rapid epidemiologic surveys of XDR TB (determine location, extent and burden)

2.

Enhance laboratory capacity (emphasis on rapid DST)

3.

Improve technical capacity of clinical and public health practitioners to effectively respond to XDR TB outbreaks and manage patients

4.

Implement infection control precautions (PLHA focus)

5.

Increase research support for anti-TB drug development

6.

Increase research support for rapid diagnostic test development

7.

Promote universal access to ARVs under joint TB/HIV activities

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