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
Automated gadget magnifies and photographs samples and uses software to identify bacteria.
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
Reuters: Pricing dispute hits supply of TB drugs in Pakistan “Swiss pharmaceuticals firm Novartis AG said it has stopped making tuberculosis drugs in Pakistan in a dispute over pricing, prompting fears of a health crisis due to a shortage of drugs in a country with the world’s fifth-highest TB rates…” (Hashim, 7/19).
Categories: AIDS2016DURBAN, South Africa – “Can we control tuberculosis without a vaccine?” asked Willem Hanekom, of the Bill &Melinda Gates Foundation, Saturday, and answered his own question: “No.” But if the goal continues to be imperative, the approach is changing, he told an audience at the TB 2016. On Saturday Hanekom led his audience through a description of […](Read more…)
Categories: AIDS2016DURBAN, South Africa – Calling for change in approaches to tuberculosis to address poverty, malnutrition and human rights, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease leader Jose Luis Castro, at a pre-conference event here Saturday, urged TB responders globally to embrace patient-centered approaches and language. That includes ending the use of nomenclature such as “TB suspect” and TB defaulters,” […](Read more…)
Science Speaks: AIDS 2016: TB preconference highlights response stymied by neglect of patient needs and research funding deficits “Calling for change in approaches to tuberculosis to address poverty, malnutrition, and human rights, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease leader Jose Luis Castro, at a pre-conference event [in Durban] Saturday, urged TB responders globally to…More
Al Jazeera: Madagascar: The vulnerability to tuberculosis “…While many people imagine the country as a wildlife mecca, it is one of the poorest in the world, with at least 80 percent of the population living in extreme poverty and half of all children under five years old suffering from chronic malnutrition. The associated problems, particularly…More
Agence France-Presse: Experts urge action against HIV prison ‘incubators’ “Public health experts called Friday for far-reaching measures against prison ‘incubators’ of HIV, tuberculosis, and hepatitis. Inmates are much more likely to carry infectious diseases than the general public, they said, and will spread the deadly germs as soon as they are released. Yet the response…More
Categories: HIV/AIDSAs the global HIV community gathers this week in Durban, South Africa for the International AIDS Conference, their focus should be on strengthening community-led responses, along with health systems strengthening to reach UNAIDS’ goal of testing 90 percent of people living with HIV, getting 90 percent of them on antiretroviral therapy, and suppressing the virus […](Read more…)
Thompson Reuters Foundation: Singer Annie Lennox urges governments to step up funding for AIDS, malaria, and TB “Ending some of the world’s deadliest diseases is within reach but only if donor governments dig deeper into their pockets to fund the fight against AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis, singer and activist Annie Lennox said on Tuesday. Lennox…More
Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Multi-country survey sheds light on drug-resistant tuberculosis treatment needs Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” discusses a survey published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases that “shows a need for better understanding of the dynamics of drug-resistant [tuberculosis], including through tests that do not yet exist.…More
Categories: TBFindings highlight gaps in available testing, regimens The first survey to assess tuberculosis that does not respond to common treatments across populations in multiple high-disease-burden countries shows a need for better understanding of the dynamics of drug-resistant disease, including through tests that do not yet exist. The survey’s findings, detailed in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, […](Read more…)
Objectives To assess the prevalence and clinical importance of previously unrecognised tuberculosis (TB) and isolation of nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) among HIV-infected individuals in a teaching hospital in Ghana.
Devex: 4 lessons learned tackling tuberculosis in Syria Håkan Björkman, manager of UNDP’s partnership with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria “…[E]xperiences in Syria have highlighted four vital lessons that could help inform efforts to combat TB in other conflict zones: Courage and innovative thinking on the frontlines … Strengthen and support…More
The World Health Organization recommended substandard care to people with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis living in developing countries, according to a new paper published in the Health and Human Rights Journal. Between 1993 and 2002, the WHO made treatment recommendations in low-income countries based on cost – treatment that was deemed substandard in wealthy countries. The action violated patient