Why Is There So Little Awareness

There is a striking amount of literature available on the subject of MDR-TB, however, the issue is mostly unknown in Western nations. This is in part due to our faith in medicine. It would seem an anathema that any disease could evade modern medicine, especially once defeated. But indeed, the evidence is there—and not just for MDR-TB. Another reason is apathy. We don’t—and I am as guilty of this as the rest of us—care about events that take place in some of the most remote parts of the world. But if pandemics have taught us anything, even the most selfish of us should care. The result is that nations are unwilling to finance programs to prevent a pandemic that originates beyond their borders.

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