U.S. Congress Urged to Increase Funding to Fight TB

March 20, 2002

The National Coalition for the Elimination of Tuberculosis (NCET), today issued a report urging Congress to avert a resurgence of tuberculosis in this country by increasing funding to fight the disease. The call for action comes as public health advocates around the world prepare to mark World TB Day on March 24.

Noting that 17 states and the District of Columbia reported more cases of TB in 2000 than in 1999, the report recommends that Congress increase project funding to $265 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Tuberculosis Elimination in fiscal year 2003.