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  1. T
    T September 16, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    I still love this article even after re-reading it.

  2. Phil Dowton
    Phil Dowton May 11, 2016 at 9:02 am

    I would like to make several brief comments on Anna Maalsen’s article and references to distortions, over-reactions and sensationalism

    I worked for nearly 15 years in PNG, all in health in the provinces, which included 5 years over a ten year period as the provincial health adviser in Daru. I am well acquainted with the MDR TB situation there, its history and outlook

    With all due respect to Ms Maalsen, I find her dismissal of recent commentaries on MDR-TB on Daru as well-meaning sensationalism to be patronising and wrong. In fact, many in Western Province and many TB experts believe that what is currently known is only ‘the tip of the iceberg’

    The threat posed by MDR TB is undeniable – and recognised by international experts – and it deserves the ‘Ebola with Wings’ tag. The suggestion that it is no more important or serious than maternal health or violence against women issues does none of these issues justice. MDR TB is different, the threat it poses is real, and the need for urgent and more effective action is clear.

    Readers who doubt the seriousness of the MDR TB crisis, or imply that there isn’t a ‘crisis’, would be well advised to read Emma McBryde’s /Burnet Institute’s Scenario Analyses. They would also be well advised to visit Daru and villagers in Western, and talk to health professionals on the ground and the communities affected. The concerns that TB experts have are justified and the fear in communities is well-founded

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