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


TB diagnostic tool development and access remain first obstacles to finding and treating…

Categories: TBTags: FIND, McGill International TB Centre, MDR-TB, Pediatric Tuberculosis, UNITAIDIn the obstacle course that detecting, treating and curing tuberculosis can present to populations most affected by the disease, the first hurdle, caused by gaps in technology appropriate to realities where the disease flourishes, remains diagnosis. In turn, obstacles to developing diagnostic tools and getting them on the ground, include lack of resources to test […](Read more…)


Health workers face tuberculosis risks up to three times those of general population, while…

Categories: TBThe devastation of the last two years of the Ebola crisis in West Africa was made all the more daunting by a predictable aspect of its toll. The health workers who represented the best hope of controlling the outbreak were also at the greatest risk of illness and death. By the dwindling days of the […](Read more…)

Dambe Health Center is Open!

Photo by Lila Kerr / Partners In HealthPartners In Health staff move equipment into Dambe Health Center in Neno, Malawi. The new clinic will provide health care to nearly 30,000 people. Dr. Emily Wroe of Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo—as Partners In Health is known in Malawi—wrote this week with a fantastic update. Wroe is director of clinical services at APZU.

Tuberculosis and Diabetes: Current State and Future Perspectives

This review outlines the association between tuberculosis and diabetes, focusing on epidemiology, physiopathology, clinical aspects, diagnosis and treatment; and evaluates future perspectives, with particular attention to developing countries.

Next U.S. President Likely To Continue Support Of, Exhibit Leadership In Global Health…

Huffington Post: The Best of America, Part III: The 2016 Election and Bipartisan U.S. Leadership on Global Health Deborah Derrick, former president of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria “…[T]he United States government has been a leader in [global health] investments and there is nothing about this election which points to…More

Sustained Funding, Strong Partnerships Critical To Preventing Drug-Resistant Malaria

Friends of the Global Fight Blog: The Emerging Risk of Drug Resistant Malaria Maile Young, communications intern at Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, discusses malaria parasitic resistance to artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) in the Greater Mekong Subregion, which “could have potentially devastating consequences for the global fight to eradicate malaria.”…More

Co-endemicity of Pulmonary Tuberculosis and Intestinal Helminth Infection in the People’s…

by Xin-Xu Li, Zhou-Peng Ren, Li-Xia Wang, Hui Zhang, Shi-Wen Jiang, Jia-Xu Chen, Jin-Feng Wang, Xiao-Nong Zhou Both pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) and intestinal helminth infection (IHI) affect millions of individuals every year in China. However, the national-scale estimation of prevalence predictors and prevalence maps for these diseases, as well as co-endemic relative risk (RR) maps of both diseases’ prevalence are not well developed. There are co-endemic, high prevalence areas of both diseases, whose delimitation is essential for devising effective control strategies

A Baby’s Battle with XDR-TB in Peru

Photos by Diego Diaz Catire / Socios En SaludVanessa Colchado holds her son, Hans Veliz, at the National Institute of Children’s Health in Lima, Peru, where he was being treated for extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis. Vanessa Colchado couldn’t believe what the doctor was saying. True, her 6-month-old son, Hans Veliz, wasn’t thriving like other babies his age and occasionally had a fever. But he didn’t have a cough. So how could the doctor point to small spots on her son’s pulmonary x-rays and say it was tuberculosis

Giant rats sniff out TB in Mozambique, Tanzania

A project in Mozambique and Tanzania uses giant rats to detect TB at a faster rate than conventional methods.

Statements Highlight Importance Of Development Aid Transparency

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s “Voices”: Transparency on Development Aid Saves Lives Upon the release of Publish What You Fund’s 2016 AID Transparency Index, which listed the Global Fund among the top five donors for aid transparency, Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund, discusses the fund’s commitment to transparency and…More

U.S. Global Health Investments Contribute To Efforts To End AIDS, TB, Malaria Epidemics

Huffington Post: The Best of America: Part II Deborah Derrick, president of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria “This is the second in a three-part series on U.S.-led successes in global health. This post focuses on a question recently posed to me: What game-changing advances lie ahead in fighting HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis,…More

Experts Speak At Launch Of CGD’s New Book Examining Global Health Program Successes, Failures

Friends of the Global Fight Blog: Millions Saved: An Examination of Past Success and Predictions for the Future of Global Health Maile Young, communications intern at Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, discusses a launch event for the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) new book, “Millions Saved: New Cases of Proven…More

New Health Center Opens in Liberia

Photos by Rebecca E. Rollins / Partners In HealthNew Pleebo Health Center in Pleebo, Liberia, on Sept. 24, 2015. When the Ebola epidemic in Liberia began to wind down a year ago, the journalists folded their notebooks, the aid workers helicoptered off for other emergencies, and Partners In Health staff got busy. In a small district surrounded by rubber tree forest, they started renovating “New Pleebo,” a nine-bed public health center that was our first major infrastructure project in Liberia

Saving Melva Fernandez

Photo by Juana Gonzáles/Socios En SaludCarlos Fernandez, left, holds his 6-year-old daughter, Melva, who needs a bone marrow transplant to fight a rare immunological disease. Melva Fernandez has spent nearly all her six years in hospitals. She was 1 when she was first diagnosed with tuberculosis and placed on medication at a clinic near her home in rural Cusco, Peru. The potent TB drugs, some of which can cause permanent hearing loss, made her feel better and restored a flicker of hope to her family.

Global Community Must Commit To ‘Comprehensive Effort’ To End TB

Project Syndicate: Winning the War Against TB Melvin Sanicas, program officer and global health fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…Given the enormous economic burden and widespread human suffering caused by TB, a comprehensive effort to tackle the disease is urgently needed. … The first step is to ramp up data-collection efforts. ……More

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