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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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Congress Should Investigate High Turnover Rate Of Global Fund IG Position

Huffington Post: Who’s Next as the Top Cop at the Global Fund? Bea Edwards, executive and international director of the Government Accountability Project “Just recently, Martin O’Malley, the third Inspector General in three years at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, announced he would step down in December, cutting short a six-year…More


The Guardian Speaks With Experts About Experimental New TB Drug PaMZ

The Guardian: What does new drug PaMZ mean for TB and HIV treatment? “Earlier this year, the TB Alliance announced that it was ready to start clinical trials for PaMZ, its new tuberculosis (TB) drug. PaMZ is a combination of three drugs, two of which have not been licensed for TB treatment before. … To…More


Progress Made On MDG 6, But Challenges Remain

Health Affairs Blog: Partnership And Progress On The Path To Achieving Millennium Development Goal 6 Deb Derrick, president of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and Peter Yeo, vice president of public policy and advocacy at the United Nations Foundation, examine progress to date on MDG 6 — combating HIV/AIDS, malaria,…More


Country Coordinating Mechanisms Can Address Chronic Crises

Devex: Better systems to address chronic crises Alexander Matheou, regional representative for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Southern Africa “…For chronic crises, we should learn from the fight against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, and set up government-led CCMs [(country coordinating mechanisms)] on resilience to disasters that compel all agencies…More


Seals Brought TB To Americas, Study Says

News outlets report on a study published in Nature that suggests seals and sea lions brought tuberculosis (TB) to the Americas. Nature: Seals brought TB to Americas “Ancient bacterial genome sequences collected from human remains in Peru suggest that seals first gave tuberculosis (TB) to humans in the Americas…” (Skinner, 8/20). New York Times: Tuberculosis…More


Do we really need a new drug or vaccine for Ebola?

I get particularly excited when I see Global Health issues being debated in mainstream magazines and newspapers, and since the outbreak of Ebola has captured global attention, there has been no shortage of such discussions. Perhaps that is why I am blogging again. Why, the mainstream media asks, can we not curb the spread of this deadly epidemic that is ravaging a few countries in West Africa? Sadly, however, I think there has been too much of reacting to Ebola as though Ebola was just any other global health problem: Ebola is about Poverty, Ebola is about Globalization, or Ebola is about Culture.


Ukraine Faces Worsening Health Care Conditions Amid Conflict, Experts Warn

Media outlets discuss Ukraine’s worsening health care conditions amid conflict. Inter Press Service: TB Epidemic Threat Hangs Over Ukraine Conflict “Doctors are warning of a worsening tuberculosis epidemic in Eastern Ukraine as the continuing conflict there begins to take a heavy toll on public health…” (Stracansky, 8/17). U.N. News Centre: U.N., humanitarian partners launch health…More


Domestic, Innovative Financing Will Advance Health Sector In Africa

Huffington Post: Investing in Health: African Countries Expand Domestic and Innovative Financing Deborah Derrick, president of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria “… [T]his week’s summit provides an opportunity to reflect on the progress made through U.S. investments in institutions such as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the…More


Health impact of external funding for HIV, tuberculosis and malaria: systematic review

Background Since 2002, development assistance for health has substantially increased, especially investments for HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria control.


Mycobacterium tuberculosis Isolates from Single Outpatient Clinic in Panama City Exhibit Wide…

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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…)


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