TB overtakes HIV/AIDS as leading infectious disease killer

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


TB diagnostic tool development and access remain first obstacles to finding and treating…

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…)

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10 Years in Rwanda: Leaders Reflect

Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB), PIH’s sister organization in Rwanda, has made tremendous progress over the years. On the occasion of IMB’s 10th anniversary, we asked five leaders to reflect on the changes. Their memories and insights are below. Anatole Manzi Director of Mentorship, Enhanced Supervision for Health Care and Quality Improvement It was May 2005 when I heard about Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB). I was finishing my bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology, but I already had an advanced diploma in general nursing


TB Research Funding Falls Short Of Global Targets, TAG Report Shows

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

Cost-optimization in the treatment of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis in Nigeria

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.

WHO’s new TB research framework to help high burden countries take leadership

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…)

Emerging roles and competencies of district and sub-district pharmacists: a case study from…

Background: District and sub-district pharmacist positions were created during health sector reform in South Africa.

Psychological distress and its effect on tuberculosis treatment outcomes in Ethiopia

Background: Psychological distress is the major comorbidity among tuberculosis (TB) patients.

Action, Advocacy and Accountability in the Global NCD Effort Beyond 2015

This week on PLOS Translation Global Health, we hear from NCDFREE’s Jack and Juliette on the recent inaugural Global NCD Alliance Forum and youth leadership on Noncommunicable Diseases. From November 13-15 a delegation of over 200 health and advocacy professionals assembled in Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates, for what was to be the first-ever global meeting of national and regional NCD Alliances and supporting groups: The Global NCD Alliance Forum. The central themes of the Forum were introduced by Jose Luis Castro, Chair of the NCD Alliance and Executive Director of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. These formed three key pillars that would shape the keynote addresses, plenary sessions and workshops, held throughout the weekend.

USAID Fact Sheet Outlines U.S. Government Support For TB Programs In India

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

India Must Spend More To Prevent, Treat TB To Defeat Disease Worldwide, WHO Official Says

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).

U.S. Should Take Action To End Drug-Resistant TB

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

Ending Malaria Requires Coordinated, Sustained Efforts, Partnerships

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

Drug-Resistant TB Case In U.S. Child Highlights Difficulties In Diagnosing, Treating Disease

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

Global Action, Investment Needed Now To End TB

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

World Leaders Must Respond To, Prioritize TB, Diabetes Co-Epidemic

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

‘Science Speaks’ Highlights Communication Guides About TB, Sex Work

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

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