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A novel contraceptive makes life easier in Uganda and beyond

If you had to walk 14 miles and cross a river to get contraception, you might think twice about how to use your time. Do I really need family planning? What are my chances of actually getting pregnant anytime soon? And … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesFriday Think: you can bank on this breast milk appWhat is “frugal science?” A visit to the home of the $1 folding paper microscopeCoverage plan: mobile phone app fights tuberculosis ;

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Mobile phone app fights TB in Vietnam

What do the following facts have in common? Vietnam has 90 million people and roughly 120 million mobile subscriptions (a 130 percent saturation rate). Cases of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis are rising in Vietnam, 23 percent of which are retreatment cases. Here’s the answer: … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesFriday Think: the $150 ebola technology challengeThe future of field appropriate diagnosticsNew test combats major cause of preventable blindness in Africa ;

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The looming co-epidemic of TB-Diabetes

Diabetes, an immunocompromised state, significantly increases the risk that person will develop tuberculosis (TB) infection. A new report released by The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease Read More

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After Ebola: Five Lessons for Outbreak Response

The Obama Administration has requested $6.18 billion in emergency funding to fight and contain Ebola. The ask is now in the hands of Congress, but given that Ebola incidence seems to be on the decline in many (not all) districts in West Africa, some leaders are losing steam on the response. But sustained support to fight the current Ebola outbreak is still essential


A novel contraceptive makes life easier in Uganda and beyond

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If you had to walk 14 miles and cross a river to get contraception, you might think twice about how to use your time. Do I really need family planning? What are my chances of actually getting pregnant anytime soon? And … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesFriday Think: you can bank on this breast milk appWhat is “frugal science?” A visit to the home of the $1 folding paper microscopeCoverage plan: mobile phone app fights tuberculosis ;


Blog Post Highlights ‘Critical Gaps’ Allowing Continued DR-TB Transmission

PLOS “Speaking of Medicine”: Mind the Deadly Gaps Grania Brigden, tuberculosis (TB) adviser to the MSF Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines, discusses new commitments from India and South Africa to end TB and highlights “critical gaps that help explain the continuing increases in direct transmission of drug-resistant TB and the poor outcomes for its…More


Mobile phone app fights TB in Vietnam

vietnam map wiki

What do the following facts have in common? Vietnam has 90 million people and roughly 120 million mobile subscriptions (a 130 percent saturation rate). Cases of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis are rising in Vietnam, 23 percent of which are retreatment cases. Here’s the answer: … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesFriday Think: the $150 ebola technology challengeThe future of field appropriate diagnosticsNew test combats major cause of preventable blindness in Africa ;


Mind the Deadly gaps

Grania Brigden (@TBBrigden) discusses the urgent need to close the gaps in the TB response. The 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health held in Barcelona last week opened with the Health Ministers of South Africa and India making bold … Continue reading »The post Mind the Deadly gaps appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.


Women Are ‘Force For Change’ In Global Health, Development

Huffington Post: Women in Charge: A Force for Change on the Global Stage Deborah Derrick, president of the Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria “…This week, my organization, Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Friends), is privileged to bring together two extraordinary models of female leadership for…More


MSF Report Examines TB Responses In 8 High-Burden Countries

The following posts discuss a new report from MSF on the responses to tuberculosis in eight high-burden countries. Médecins Sans Frontières Access Campaign: Out Of Step: Deadly implementation gaps in the TB response “…Based on a survey of eight high TB burden countries, MSF’s research reveals that efforts to control the epidemic are dangerously out of…More


Experts Warn Of TB-Diabetes Co-Infection

Reuters: Experts sound alarm as diabetes fuels cases of TB “Cases of tuberculosis are set [to] accelerate worldwide unless action is taken to curb diabetes, a chronic condition that weakens the immune system and triples the risk a person will develop the lung disease, health experts warned on Wednesday…” (Hirschler, 10/29).


The looming co-epidemic of TB-Diabetes

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Diabetes, an immunocompromised state, significantly increases the risk that person will develop tuberculosis (TB) infection. A new report released by The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease Read More


Improved Data Collection Shows More TB Cases Worldwide, But Progress Made In Curbing Disease,…

Media sources report on the WHO’s annual tuberculosis report, which shows progress against TB but says more effort must be put into tracking and treating those who are infected. Agence France-Presse: Big strides made in fighting TB, says WHO “The known tally of people with tuberculosis rose last year but overall ‘major progress’ is being…More


Four-Month Moxifloxacin-Based Regimens for Drug-Sensitive Tuberculosis

Four-Month Moxifloxacin-Based Regimens for Drug-Sensitive Tuberculosis — NEJM.


WHO Releases Annual Global TB Report

World Health Organization: Global tuberculosis report 2014 The WHO released its annual global report on tuberculosis (TB), which “provides a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the TB epidemic and progress in implementing and financing TB prevention, care and control at global, regional, and country levels using data reported by over 200 countries that account for…More


Ebola Sparks Debate On How Donors Fund Global Health, Reuters Reports

Reuters: Ebola may change how aid is spent on health care in Africa “The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has exposed major gaps in development aid, prompting a rethink of the balance between building health systems and tackling specific diseases like AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis…” (Wroughton, 10/13).


Tackling TB In India Requires Both Public, Private Sector Engagement

The Hindu: Fighting India’s silent epidemic Soumya Swaminathan, director of the National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis in Chennai, and Chapal Mehra, New Delhi-based writer “Over 60 percent of all Indians seek health care in the private sector, according to India’s last National Family Health Survey. … Even though parallel providers of health services, the…More


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