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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
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…)
Publication date: March 2016 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 152 Author(s): Mark Nichter, Siwi Padmawati, Nawi Ng There is a dearth of information about the smoking habits of people currently and formerly treated for tuberculosis (TB) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease: Out of the shadows: shining a light on children with tuberculosis Eric Goosby, U.N. secretary general’s special envoy on tuberculosis “…In order to contribute to the overall improvements in child health, we must change the way pediatric TB is identified and treated. Critically, improved pediatric point-of-care diagnostics are…More
James Gathany / Centers for Disease ControlThe Zika virus is transmitted through the bite of an Aedes mosquito, like the one shown above. Just as Ebola fades from the headlines, another infectious disease, the Zika virus, has captured the world’s attention. Although it’s been around for decades, Zika’s recent arrival in Brazil has made it a hot topic because of its suspected complications for pregnant women. Since May, 1 million cases have been recorded in Brazil, and nearly 4,000 infants have since been born with microcephaly, or an abnormally small head. The association between this condition and Zika in pregnant women is being investigated
PATH editor Laura Anderson brings us this interview with Elizabeth Rowley, a gender and gender-based violence (GBV) researcher who works with our HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis Program at PATH. What should PATH staff know about GBV? There are different definitions of GBV. The definition from the US Agency for International Development is useful: Violence directed at an […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesAccelerating the discovery, development, and delivery of breakthrough innovationsMyanmar smiles, Vietnam selfies, and poop hats: our favorite 2015 photosFriday Think: can companies make money and do good? ;
Reuters: Global Fund rushes HIV drugs to Uganda amid shortage “The Global Fund [to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria] says it plans to send an advance supply of antiretroviral therapy to Uganda, after the East African country ran out three months before the end of last year. … ‘The government needs to mobilize resources to…More
Humanosphere: Without money, effort to stop TB becomes ‘another plan on the shelf’ Humanosphere reporter Tom Murphy discusses TB activists’ and senators’ call for more funding to support the recently launched National Action Plan to Address Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis, citing a recent letter signed by seven senators stating, “Without an increase in funding, it will be…More
Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Survey shows Xpert TB diagnosis costly, out of reach in countries where private care predominates Rabita Aziz, policy research coordinator for the Center for Global Health Policy, highlights a correspondence published in The Lancet Global Health’s February issue discussing access to the GeneXpert MTB/RIF diagnostic test for drug-resistant…More
Without adequate funding, it may be ‘impossible’ to stop drug-resistant tuberculosis, seven senators warned in a letter to President Barack Obama. The senators, including Barbara Boxer, Charles Schumer, and Sherrod Brown, want money for the recently launched National Action Plan to Address Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis. Slowing down the progress of drug-resistant tuberculosis may be “impossible” if
Categories: TBPatients in the highest tuberculosis-burden countries who primarily rely on the private sector for their healthcare needs do not have access to the GeneXpert MTB/RIF diagnostic test for drug-resistant tuberculosis, according to a new study published in The Lancet. And if they do have access, the people who most need the test can’t afford it. Researchers […](Read more…)
Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: TB: With a plan on the table, an outbreak at home, U.S. Senators, U.N. Envoy urge White House to fund tuberculosis programs Antigone Barton, senior writer and editor of “Science Speaks,” discusses U.N. Special Envoy on Tuberculosis Eric Goosby’s statement on the tuberculosis outbreak in Alabama, in which…More
Categories: U.S. Policy and FundingWith health services out of reach and unprepared to meet public health crises, an impoverished population more familiar with stigma and exploitation than with medical care and cures, the tuberculosis outbreak reported by the New York Times last week reads like a familiar dispatch from a distant and resource limited setting in need of support from wealthier and […](Read more…)
Devex: ‘Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution’ Deb Derrick, president of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria “…Current global health procurement practices are burdensome and require significant man-hours in every implementing country to gather data to compare product and pricing information. Additionally, the current process is subjected to delays, which can have…More
S. Patrick Kachur, MD, MPH, FACPM, is a medical epidemiologist and chief of CDC’s Malaria Branch. On Jan. 15, he begins acting as Principal Deputy Director of CDC’s Center for Global Health In his State of the Union address January 12, President Obama issued an emphatic call to arms to end malaria worldwide. Here, at CDC, we know that attacking malaria and moving aggressively to eliminate a disease that killed 438,000 people last year worldwide is a goal worthy of its mention in the State of the Union address.
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