Fewer medications help against tuberculosis. The bacteria are growing increasingly resistant, and that's proving a challenge for doctors and researchers. Many patients can now hardly be treated at all.
Nations around the world have said they're ready to commit billions to eradicate tuberculosis. But the deal only came about after countries denied US-proposed changes to protect pharmaceutical companies.
There's something rotten in the state of pharma — greed, secrecy, inefficiency — it's all there. And there's no easy fix. But moves toward a more caring, sharing industry through "open source pharma" may be a start.
Ghanaian experts are concerned about the rising number of tuberculosis. The Ghana Health Service said 14,632 people were diagnosed with TB and put on treatment.
Contaminated food poses a major health and economic threat to sub-Saharan Africa. While efforts are taken to provide safe food for exports, governments are reijigging the system to do more for domestic markets.
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