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

Development Policy Centre Discussion Paper No. 22

22 Pages Posted: 10 Aug 2012  

Kamalini Lokuge

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Kebei Salee

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Anastasios Konstantinos

Queensland Tuberculosis Control Centre

Date Written: August 1, 2012

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Tuberculosis, PNG, Torres Strait, TB, Health

JEL Classification: H51, I10, I18

Suggested Citation

Lokuge, Kamalini and Salee, Kebei and Konstantinos, Anastasios, Tuberculosis Control in the Torres Strait Region: What's Needed and Why? Report Following a Public Forum (August 1, 2012). Development Policy Centre Discussion Paper No. 22. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2126915 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2126915

Kamalini Lokuge (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Kebei Salee

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Anastasios Konstantinos

Queensland Tuberculosis Control Centre ( email )

15 Butterfield Street, Level 1
Herston, Queensland
Afghanistan

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