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New funding aims to to reduce TB infections in the Pacific

An aid organisation says there's hope that tuberculosis cases could be reduced in the Pacific region after an increase in funding.

The Australian government has committed $17 million to help develop more effective treatments for TB and help ensure they reach affected communities across the globe.

The chief executive officer of Results International, Negaya Chorley says the disease is a big problem in some Pacific countries, such as Solomon Islands, Kiribati and Papua New Guinea.

"PNG is what is known as a high TB-burden country, we see up to 30,000 cases a year, but what is especially concerning when it comes to PNG is there are very high rates of what is called multi-drug resistant TB," she said.


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