On the Front Lines of the Global Fight against TB: Eight Years of Field Research from MSH


Last year, tuberculosis (TB) killed more people than did HIV and AIDS—becoming the world's deadliest single infectious agent. More than 95 percent of TB deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, especially those with weak health systems.

The four dozen peer-reviewed journal articles in this volume—plus a few not included here—are contributions to the research literature from MSH staff and our national partners (ministries of health, national TB programs, local NGOs, and universities) and international partners, as well as donors (principally USAID) in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. They draw on MSH's more than 15 years of experience on the front lines of combatting the TB epidemic. The papers present what works not in theory, but in the field; how successful approaches can be adapted in new settings; and cautionary lessons for the practitioner.