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Eli Lilly invests in tuberculosis training

14th May 2008

Doctors will be able to access an online refresher course on tuberculosis thanks to a donation of $1 million (500,000 pounds) from Eli Lilly.

The interactive course, in partnership with the World Medical Association, will highlight diagnosis, prevention and treatment of the respiratory infection.

A spokesperson for the company told Reuters that the course would help doctors in the UK and around the world to combat the disease, which is becoming more common and becoming resistant to drugs.

Reuters cited research from the World Health Organisation that claims five per cent of tuberculosis patients are unable to be cured with the first-line antibiotics usually prescribed.

“The knowledge and handling of tuberculosis treatment is still insufficient,” the company and the WMA said in a joint statement.

The WMA is also collaborating with the Norwegian Medical Association in the development of a web-based course on human rights and ethics for prison doctors.

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