Perhaps we could value palliative care for a similar reason, as its root goal is also to make life more meaningful.

Eliminate the TB Scourge – The New York Times

Tuberculosis is a problem worldwide. But little is being done to modernize our approach to this debilitating and deadly disease. Source: Eliminate the TB Scourge Read More


Device focuses on speedier tuberculosis diagnosis

Automated gadget magnifies and photographs samples and uses software to identify bacteria.


TB overtakes HIV/AIDS as leading infectious disease killer

Tuberculosis killed 1.5 million people in 2014 – moving ahead of HIV/AIDS, which was responsible for 1.2 million deaths in the same year. The rise of tuberculosis ;(TB) is evidence of both the gains made against HIV/AIDS in the past two decades and the silent growth of one of the world’s oldest killers. Making matters


A Surgeon, a Student, a Salon Owner—and Tuberculosis

Photo by Yekaterina Sahabutdinova / Partners In HealthA new tuberculosis drug, Bedaquiline, reaches Kazakhstan for the first time, thanks to Partners In Health’s work on the endTB project. Kairat Birbekov,* a surgeon from Astana, Kazakhstan, has had tuberculosis seven times. At age 24, he caught a cold that turned out to be TB. Twenty years of recurring bouts of the disease followed. Now, the 43-year-old’s left lung is completely destroyed.

NCDs in humanitarian crisis

Sylvia Kehlenbrink graduated from medical school at the Charité-Universitätsmedizin in Berlin and completed her residency training in Social Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. She has done clinical and translational research with the Global Diabetes Institute at Einstein College of Medicine focused on underserved populations in Uganda and India. In June 2015, she started her fellowship in Endocrinology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She is also a fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative with the long-term goal of joining global efforts in addressing non-communicable diseases, esp.

Underfunded tuberculosis programs often solely responsible for TB-HIV activities, report finds

Categories: HIV/TB Co-infection, TBWhile tuberculosis remains the number one killer of people living with HIV – with one in three HIV-related deaths attributable to tuberculosis – the burden to provide TB-HIV integrated services falls heavily on tuberculosis programs, not HIV programs, a report from Action finds. The report, “From Policy to Practice: How the TB-HIV response is working,” […](Read more…)

Dr. Paul Farmer: We Can’t Ignore Tuberculosis

As Partners In Health Co-founder Dr. Paul Farmer reminds us in "The Danger of Ignoring Tuberculosis," a recent article in The Atlantic, we can’t let the Zika virus or other emerging diseases distract us from working to eradicate deadly diseases such as tuberculosis. In addition to the need for newer drugs and a faster way to diagnose tuberculosis, particularly drug-resistant TB, Farmer stresses the need for the kind of community-based care that PIH builds and sustains around the world — where community health workers, nurses, and others visit patients regularly to help them stay on course with their TB treatment, which can last up to two years. “Without community-based care, I don’t see how it can work,” Farmer says. “There’s not a lot of evidence that anything else works.

Global Fund Executive Director Reflects On Last 16 Years Of AIDS Response

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s “VOICES”: The Next 16 Years Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, reporting on the International AIDS Conference recently held in Durban, reflects on advances made in response to the AIDS epidemic within the last 16 years. Dybul writes, “AIDS…More

Blog Post Discusses Action Report Examining National HIV-TB Activities

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Underfunded tuberculosis programs often solely responsible for TB-HIV activities, report finds Rabita Aziz, staff writer for “Science Speaks” and policy research coordinator for the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses a recently released report from Action, titled “From Policy to Practice: How the TB-HIV response is working.” Aziz…More

Role of the private sector in vaccination service delivery in India: evidence from…

Background India’s Universal Immunization Programme (UIP) provides basic vaccines free-of-cost in the public sector, yet national vaccination coverage is poor.

Risk of Self-Reported Symptoms or Diagnosis of Active Tuberculosis in Relationship to Low Body…

Objective Globally, tuberculosis prevalence has declined, but its risk factors have varied across place and time – low body mass index (BMI) has persisted while diabetes has increased.

The Atlantic Examines Challenges To Preventing, Treating TB

The Atlantic: The Danger of Ignoring Tuberculosis “…[I]n the United States, where tuberculosis has been on the decline since 1992, there’s a vague perception that it is a historic disease — long since cured and largely forgotten. That is not the case. Tuberculosis remains a major killer. As antibiotic-resistant strains of the disease spread across…More

AIDS 2016: Community health workers raise TB diagnoses in Malawi HIV clinic

Categories: AIDS2016DURBAN, South Africa – The average number of monthly tuberculosis diagnoses among the HIV patients increased twenty-fold, and pediatric TB was diagnosed for the first time at a busy Malawi hospital after a pilot intervention provided community health workers already experienced in HIV screening and care linkage with a one-day training to learn to screen for tuberculosis, […](Read more…)

Think NoHep this World Hepatitis Day

“Viral hepatitis – a group of infectious diseases known as hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E – affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide, causing acute and chronic liver disease and killing more than 1.4 million people every year, mostly from hepatitis B and hepatitis C. It is estimated that only 5% of people with chronic hepatitis know of their infection, and less that 1% have access to treatment.” – World Health Organization Dr. John W. Ward, Director, Division of Viral Hepatitis CDC’s vision is to eliminate viral hepatitis in the United States and worldwide.  World Hepatitis Day – July 28, 2016 – is an opportunity to highlight the global burden of disease and our efforts to combat viral hepatitis around the world.

Health Extension Workers Improve Care Access For Ethiopia’s Rural Communities

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Global Fund News Flash The latest issue of the Global Fund News Flash contains an article and video on Ethiopian health extension workers who provide services to those in rural communities. The article notes, “Great systems for health are pivotal in improving the health outcomes in any…More

Blog Posts Reflect On Highlights From White House Summit On Global Development

Friends of the Global Fight Blog: White House Summit Reaffirms U.S. Leadership in Global Development Kim Cernak, deputy director of Friends of the Global Fight, recaps last week’s White House Summit on Global Development, including President Obama’s remarks highlighting worldwide progress in responding to diseases like HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria; various panel discussions on global…More

Construction Begins on University in Rwanda

Zacharias Abubeker for UGHEDr. Peter Drobac (right), the executive director of University of Global Health Equity, shares architectural renderings of the campus with representatives of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Inshuti Mu Buzima, and MASS Design Group. Earlier this month, Partners In Health began construction on a 250-acre campus for the University of Global Health Equity. When complete in 2018, classrooms, administrative buildings, a library, and dorms will drape a picturesque hill in the Burera District of northern Rwanda. The structures, the first of two UGHE campuses planned in the region, will house thousands of students and medical professionals from around the world, teaching them not just how to treat patients, but how to build health care systems

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