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Tuberculosis Control in the Torres Strait Region: What's Needed and Why? Report Following a Public Forum


  • Kamalini Lokuge


  • Kebei Salee Koeget
  • Anastasios Konstantinos


Recently, there has been increasing focus and concern regarding transmission of tuberculosis (TB) in the Papua New Guinea (PNG)-Australia cross-border region. In particular, there is growing recognition that preventing the emergence and spread of drug resistant TB is of vital importance to both PNG and Australia. As a result, significant resources have and will be invested in addressing this issue. There exists an opportunity not only to achieve strong TB programs in the border region of PNG, but to show the way for the rest of PNG and the Pacific. However, at the same time, there are real threats to achieving effective programs. Unless these threats are addressed effectively, the net outcome of current and future programs is likely to be the rapid emergence and spread of drug resistant TB. This paper discusses the way forward for sustainable, long-term tuberculosis control in the region.

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  • Kamalini Lokuge & Kebei Salee Koeget & Anastasios Konstantinos, 2012. "Tuberculosis Control in the Torres Strait Region: What's Needed and Why? Report Following a Public Forum," Development Policy Centre Discussion Papers 1222, Development Policy Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University.
  • Handle: RePEc:een:devpol:1222

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    JEL classification:

    • H51 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Health
    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health


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