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TB detection innovation holds potential to reduce infection’s spread

Sputum samples containing tuberculosis bacteria fluoresce. Jeffrey D. Cirillo A newly discovered way of testing people for tuberculosis (TB) dramatically cuts the time it takes for a diagnosis to under an hour. The development by chemist Jianghong Rao of Stanford and microbiologist Jeffrey Cirillo of Texas A&M Health Science Center could not only make TB … Continue reading →

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HIV and Tuberculosis are One Disease in Southern Africa

“We must ensure that the worlds of HIV and TB focus on individual human beings instead of individual diseases” These messages headlined remarks from Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria and of Ambassador Deborah Birx, global AIDS coordinator for the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) […](Read more…)

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Linezolid: Affordable generic access win highlights obstacles to life-saving treatment

With side effects that include stomach pain, vision problems, vomiting, diarrhea,  and anemia as well as pain, weakness, and numbness in hands and feet, linezolid is not something you would take if you had much choice. But for patients in Khayelishta, a township in South Africa’s Western Cape where rates of poverty, HIV and tuberculosis […](Read more…)

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Opinion Pieces Discuss Strategies, Challenges Around HIV Control

The following opinion pieces discuss different aspects of HIV prevention, care, and treatment. The Conversation: It takes a global village: how we got ahead in HIV control William Bowtell, executive director of Pacific Friends of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at UNSW Australia “…The world is now more than halfway along…More


TB detection innovation holds potential to reduce infection’s spread

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Sputum samples containing tuberculosis bacteria fluoresce. Jeffrey D. Cirillo A newly discovered way of testing people for tuberculosis (TB) dramatically cuts the time it takes for a diagnosis to under an hour. The development by chemist Jianghong Rao of Stanford and microbiologist Jeffrey Cirillo of Texas A&M Health Science Center could not only make TB … Continue reading →


Number Of AIDS, TB Deaths Down, Report Shows

NBC News: AIDS and TB Down Globally, Study Finds “Dedicated efforts to fight the AIDS virus and tuberculosis are paying off: both infections are on the decline, according to new research published Monday. And while more people are being infected with malaria, fewer people are dying from it, especially children…” (Fox, 7/21).


HIV and Tuberculosis are One Disease in Southern Africa

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“We must ensure that the worlds of HIV and TB focus on individual human beings instead of individual diseases” These messages headlined remarks from Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria and of Ambassador Deborah Birx, global AIDS coordinator for the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) […](Read more…)


Congress Investigating CDC Security Lapses

News outlets discuss security lapses recently uncovered at CDC facilities. CNN: CDC’s lab problems have ripple effect on other outbreaks “The lab mishaps at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are having ‘broad impacts,’ compromising care for patients with diseases like tuberculosis and chikungunya and potentially slowing work overseas on Ebola and MERS, according…More


Smart Investments, Partnerships Will ‘End HIV As An Epidemic’

Huffington Post: Better and Smarter Investments in the HIV Response Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria “…Scientific advances and our experience on the ground now give us the historic opportunity to end HIV as an epidemic and turn it into low-level endemicity. But to complete the job…More


Outdated Treatment, Prevention Tactics Helping TB Spread In Russia

Inter Press Service: Outdated Approaches Fueling TB in Russia, Say NGOs “…Tuberculosis exploded in Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union as health care infrastructure crumbled, the country was thrown into economic crisis and crime and poverty soared, leading to overcrowded penal institutions. But, say NGOs in Russia and international groups working to combat…More


When do vertical programmes strengthen health systems? A comparative assessment of…

Objective Disease-specific programmes have had a long history in India and their presence has increased over time.


Nearly 25% More Children Contract TB Worldwide Than Previously Thought, Research Shows

News outlets discuss a study published in the Lancet Global Health that estimates the burden of childhood tuberculosis (TB) is higher than previously thought. Agence France-Presse: Child TB problem far greater than thought “Twenty-five percent more children are falling ill with TB than the U.N. had thought, with more than 650,000 hit by the disease…More


U.S. Must Allocate More Money To Address Domestic TB

New York Times: If Tuberculosis Spreads … Polly Price, law professor at Emory University “…The United States has given more than $5 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. But drug-resistant tuberculosis isn’t a problem only in the developing world; we must turn our attention to the fight against it here…More


Health Experts Call For TB Public Health Emergency Declaration In Papua New Guinea

News outlets report on the findings of a study on tuberculosis in Papua New Guinea that prompted health experts to call for a public health emergency declaration. Australia Network News: Experts call for tuberculosis to be named public health emergency in Papua New Guinea “Health experts are calling for tuberculosis (TB) to be declared as…More


Public-Private Partnership Brings Drugs, Essential Medical Supplies To Remote Areas

Huffington Post: Going the Extra Mile for Health Wendy Taylor, director of the Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact at USAID, and Michael Goltzman, vice president of international government relations & public affairs at the CocaCola Company “…Five years ago, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria turned to the private sector for…More


50th anniversary of the Master of Public Health course at ITM

This speech was given by professor Bart Criel (ITM) at the graduation ceremony of this year’s MPH students (July 3rd). Dear Ladies and gentlemen, dear colleagues, dear MPH graduates, This ceremony for the 50th anniversary of our Master of Public Health (MPH) course is a time to celebrate, to acknowledge the achievements of the course, to thank a great many people, but also to reflect on the way forward … It is with humility that I stand here. My role in and contribution to the MPH is relatively recent and therefore limited. But it is an honor for me to be addressing you on this occasion, and I like to see myself as a spokesman of the many people who have contributed to this Masters… I would first like to briefly take you through the highlights of the history of the MPH  from 1964 till today; discuss some of the most important recent changes; but also reflect on the future… The Antwerp MPH has a long and passionate story. Describe it as an opportunity to pay our respect to the late Harrie Van Balen and the late Pierre Mercenier, the founding fathers of the course.


WHO Announces Framework To Eliminate TB In 33 Countries

Media sources report on the WHO’s new framework to eliminate tuberculosis (TB) in 33 countries. Agence France-Presse: WHO urges nations to step up the fight against TB “The World Health Organization on Thursday urged over 30 countries, including some of the world’s richest, to recognize the continued danger of tuberculosis and try to wipe it…More


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