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A new report is the result of two years of hard work by 37 commissioners from 13 countries.
"I do hope in the future there can be more respect given to the place and time and the people who deserve to have their story told."
The apology came a day later than planned due to bad weather.
Finding a way to re-purpose it to help a completely different population may be an excellent way to improve our global health.
A recent government commitment could turn the tide on systemic neglect that has allowed TB to continue to exist.
For too long, TB patients and care providers have been fighting a protracted battle with antiquated, inefficient tools, diagnostics, vaccines and drug regimens.
Decades of neglect have allowed TB to become the world's leading infectious killer.
The tuberculosis advocacy community needs to build on their expertise, experience and the lessons they learned.
He wants the government to apologize and provide new funding.
Even though we have tools and interventions to fight TB, the sad reality is that over 10.4 million people develop this disease every year, and nearly 1.8 million people die from a curable infection.