American Lung Association Salutes Fellow Advocates in the Fight Against Tuberculosis on 2009 World TB Day
One hundred and five years after Dr.
In 2008, there were 12,898 cases of active TB reported in the U.S. While declining overall TB rates are good news, the emergence and spread of multi-drug resistant TB pose a significant threat to the public health of our nation. Last week, the American Lung Association testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies and asked for continued support for TB program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention if the U.S. is going to continue progress toward the elimination of TB. We requested that Congress increase funding for tuberculosis programs to
Finally, consistent with its mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, the American Lung Association is continuing to investigate better tools to combat the ways in which lung disease discriminates against minority populations in this country, including people with TB and TB/HIV. Among other steps, the American Lung Association is advocating for the commitment of more resources to develop interventions targeted to populations at high risk for TB; require continued support to maintain the capacity and expertise needed to respond to future TB cases in low incidence areas in the U.S., especially in light of changing immigration patterns; and to promote collaborative efforts within the international community to reduce the burden of TB globally.
About the American Lung Association: Now in its second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. With your generous support, the American Lung Association is “Fighting for Air” through research, education and advocacy. For more information about the American Lung Association, a Charity Navigator Four Star Charity and holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit www.lungusa.org.
SOURCE American Lung Association