Washington Post: Why aren’t we producing medications for looming global disease threats? Mel Spigelman, physician and president and chief executive of TB Alliance “…[A new Global Health Technologies Coalition] analysis reveals that over the past six years, [U.S.] taxpayer funding for global health research has been stagnant or declining. … Managing health threats through emergency…More
Kaiser Family Foundation: The U.S. Government and Global Tuberculosis This updated fact sheet discusses U.S. government global TB efforts and funding, global statistics related to the disease, and international goals to control and treat TB (3/20).
VOA News: WHO Rolls Out New Strategy to Wipe Out TB “As countries mark World TB Day on March 24, the World Health Organization (WHO) is rolling out a new strategy to end the global tuberculosis epidemic, calling for worldwide support to wipe out the disease over the next 20 years. Two previous strategies have…More
NPR: She’s Got One Of The Toughest Diseases To Cure. And She’s Hopeful “Drug-resistant tuberculosis is not only airborne and lethal; it’s one of the most difficult diseases in the world to cure. … The key to containing it is to get patients into treatment. But that treatment can take years and is so difficult…More
UPI: United Nations: 2,500 North Koreans die annually from tuberculosis “The U.N. said 2,500 North Koreans die annually from tuberculosis and the health crisis urgently needs to be addressed in the isolated country. In its ‘DPRK Humanitarian Needs and Priorities 2015 Report,’ the international body said tuberculosis is posing enormous health risks inside North Korea…”…More
Al Jazeera America: Taming one of world’s oldest diseases in fast-growing Papua New Guinea “…Papua New Guinea has the highest rate of tuberculosis in the Pacific region, where 60 percent of new cases originate, according to the World Health Organization. The epidemic there is being described as a national emergency. In many parts of the…More
U.N. News Centre: New U.N. report shows mixed results for reaching MDG health targets by end of 2015 “The United Nations health agency [Wednesday] reported that by the end of 2015, the world will have met the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for turning around the epidemics of HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis, and boosting access to…More
Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: CDC consolidates global TB activities in new global health branch Rabita Aziz, policy research coordinator for the Center for Global Health Policy, writes, “In an effort to increase coordination and collaboration on tuberculosis activities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and maximize the CDC’s impact on…More
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s “Global Health NOW”: Curbing Diabetes Vital to Controlling TB Sarabjit S. Chadha, project director at the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases (The Union), Sharath B.N., faculty at ESI-Post Graduate Institute of Medical Science and Research in Bangalore, and Sachi Satapathy, technical officer at The Union, discuss…More
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Global Fund Launches Human Rights Complaints Procedure “…The complaints mechanism allows individuals to submit a complaint to the Global Fund’s Office of the Inspector General if any of five minimum human rights standards is believed to have been violated by an implementer of Global Fund grants, in…More
SciDev.Net: U.S.-South Africa program funds new TB, HIV research “A five-year collaborative research program to promote HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB) research in South Africa has announced new first-year grants worth US$8 million. The U.S.-South Africa Program for Collaborative Biomedical Research … is worth US$40 million, with the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and the…More
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Global Fund News Flash A special edition of the Global Fund News Flash highlights World Malaria Day with an interview with Pedro Alonso, director of WHO’s Global Malaria Program, who discusses challenges in malaria prevention efforts (April 2015).
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Global Fund Launches Online Platform for Strategy Development “The Global Fund partnership has launched a consultation as part of a process to engage a wide range of stakeholders in developing its 2017-2021 strategy. Through a web platform launched [Monday], the Global Fund seeks to involve a broad…More
Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Study says health care shortcomings leave tuberculosis undiagnosed, untreated Rabita Aziz, policy research coordinator for the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses a study published in The Lancet Global Health in which researchers examined tuberculosis burden among inpatients who had died in health care facilities in Zambia. The researchers…More
The Hill: McCain and Congress should lead fight against drug-resistant TB Polly J. Price, professor of law at Emory University School of Law “…Congress should appropriate additional funds to cover the costs of tuberculosis treatment that are now borne by local health departments. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also need more money to…More
Agence France-Presse: New TB drug offers glimmer of hope in S. Africa “Drug-resistant tuberculosis is a major health challenge across much of Africa, but a new medicine being pioneered in South Africa could be a breakthrough after decades of frustration. Bedaquiline is being made available to 3,000 people suffering side effects of the usual drug-resistant…More
With user fees now seen as a major hindrance to universal health coverage, many countries have introduced fee reduction or elimination policies, but there is growing evidence that adherence to reduced fees is often highly imperfect.