Chairman Smith on the hearing: Tuberculosis, particularly MDR and XDR, poses a significant challenge to Southern Africa. TB is the number one infectious disease killer in the world and an MDR/XDR TB outbreak would be absolutely devastating. It is critical for Congress to help our partners in Southern Africa tackle this problem.”

Witnesses

The Honorable Deborah L. Birx, M.D.
U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator
U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy
U.S. Department of State
[full text of statement]

Ms. Irene Koek
Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator
Global Health Bureau
U.S. Agency for International Development
[full text of statement]

Rebecca Martin, Ph.D.
Director
Center for Global Health
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
[full text of statement]