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…)
Thomson Reuters Foundation: Tuberculosis funding gap threatens elimination goals “Funding for tuberculosis research fell $1.3 billion short of global targets last year, threatening worldwide goals to eliminate the disease between 2030 and 2035, researchers said on Monday. The Treatment Action Group (TAG), an independent think tank, said the $674 million of total funding in 2014…More
Objective To compare the cost of facility-based MDR TB care (F) to home-based care (H) from the perspective of the Nigerian national health system.
Categories: TBTo develop tools to meet the goals set out in the World Health Organization End TB strategy, which includes reducing tuberculosis incidence by 80 percent and deaths by 90 percent by 2035, last week the WHO announced the launch of a global action framework for tuberculosis research. The framework outlines steps at global and national […](Read more…)
Background: District and sub-district pharmacist positions were created during health sector reform in South Africa.
Background: Psychological distress is the major comorbidity among tuberculosis (TB) patients.
USAID: Ending TB in India: U.S.-India Partnership “…Working with the government of India and Indian partners, the U.S. government has invested close to $100 million to prevent and control TB in India, and has helped to treat over 15 million people over the last 18 years. The progress is real. Millions of lives have been…More
Reuters: Global fight against tuberculosis hinges on India stepping up funding: WHO “India is critical to the global fight to end an epidemic of tuberculosis by 2030 and must step up funding to control the disease, the World Health Organization said, citing concerns over broader cutbacks in government health programs…” (Kalra, 11/19).
Los Angeles Times: Do we have the will to stop TB? Caitlin Reed, director of the Inpatient Tuberculosis Unit at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center and assistant professor of infectious diseases at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine “…Both [extensively drug-resistant (XDR) and multi-drug resistant (MDR)] TB spring from the same roots: inadequate treatment for regular…More
Huffington Post: Accelerating the Elimination of Malaria in Southern Africa Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; and Richard Kamwi, Namibia’s minister of health “…[A]s we chart a course to save more lives and eliminate [malaria], our response needs to stretch across national boundaries in order to reach…More
Associated Press: Rare TB case shows difficulty diagnosing, treating children “…Drug-resistant tuberculosis is a global health threat, and it’s particularly challenging for young children who are harder even to diagnose, much less treat. Doctors at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center are reporting how they successfully treated one of the few tots ever diagnosed in the United…More
The Lancet Infectious Diseases: Tuberculosis reaches new milestones, good and bad Editorial Board “…[T]uberculosis now ranks alongside HIV among the leading infectious causes of death, with the deaths of 1.5 million people being attributable to the disease … [T]he unenviable elevation of status gained by tuberculosis to rank alongside HIV strongly illustrates the need for…More
Project Syndicate: The Deadly Axis of TB and Diabetes Anthony Harries, senior adviser and director of the Department of Research at the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease “…On November 2, public health stakeholders, including representatives of business, civil society, and international aid organizations, gathered in Bali, Indonesia, to lay the groundwork for a…More
Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: “Case?” “Suspect?” “Trafficking?” “Industry?” We’re reading guides on how to talk about TB, write about sex work Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” discusses the Stop TB Partnership’s release of a “guide to language and usage for tuberculosis communications … intended to both inform and…More