Tuberculosis remains a challenge despite economic growth in Panama.


Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease associated with inequality, and wise investment of economic resources is considered critical to its control. Panama has recently secured its status as an upper-middle-income country with robust economic growth. However, the prioritisation of resources for TB control remains a major challenge. In this article, we highlight areas that urgently require action to effectively reduce TB burden to minimal levels. Our conclusions suggest the need for fund allocation and a multidisciplinary approach to ensure prompt laboratory diagnosis, treatment assurance and workforce reinforcement, complemented by applied and operational research, development and innovation.

DOI: 10.5588/ijtld.13.0534

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@article{Tarajia2014TuberculosisRA, title={Tuberculosis remains a challenge despite economic growth in Panama.}, author={Musharaf Tarajia and Amador Goodridge}, journal={The international journal of tuberculosis and lung disease : the official journal of the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease}, year={2014}, volume={18 3}, pages={286-8} }