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Mobilizing Society Against Tuberculosis Creating and Sustaining Demand for DOTS in High-Burden Countries

This chapter concerns the use of advocacy, social mobilization, and the creation of political will to prevent Mycobacterium tuberculosis from causing further infections, cases, and deaths. In theory, advances in combination therapies, improved diagnosis, and case management should provide tuberculosis (TB) patients with an almost 100% chance of survival. In reality, nearly a third of all tuberculosis patients worldwide die from the disease. There is ample reason to expect that the epidemic will continue to outlast future scientific and medical advances as long as there is minimal public concern and political commitment to address tuberculosis.