Soros Joins Health Groups to Battle Drug-Resistant TB, HIV Explosion

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George Soros and leading health organizations announced funding to develop a groundbreaking treatment program for people with drug-resistant tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS in poor countries. This combination of diseases is usually lethal.

The coalition, including the Open Society Institute, Partners In Health, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and the RESULTS Educational Fund called upon wealthy governments to halt the dual epidemics and fortify basic TB control.

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According to the groups, extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) threatens to reverse progress in fighting HIV/AIDS, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, and has emerged as a top priority for world health officials.

"Right now, XDR-TB is considered a death sentence, but it doesn't have to be," said Soros, chairman and founder of the Open Society Institute (OSI).

Soros announced the foundation

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