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Think scale! Engaging Private Pharmacies to Improve Public Health 

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Eliminate the TB Scourge – The New York Times

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


‘Science Speaks’ Highlights Articles On Stigma In Special Issue Of TB Journal

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Stigma surrounding tuberculosis keeps patients from services, worsens health risks, but remains largely unmeasured, unaddressed Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” discusses articles in a special issue of the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease focused on how stigma and “attitudes about tuberculosis compromise…More

Global Fund Announces Peter Sands As New Executive Director

Devex: Breaking: Peter Sands is new Global Fund executive director “Peter Sands was announced as the new executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on Tuesday. The news follows a chaotic few days during which Sands withdrew from the leadership race ‘for personal reasons,’ the Global Fund’s communications director Seth…More

TB To Cause Nearly $1T In Lost Economic Output By 2030 Unless More Action Taken To Treat,…

Devex: TB to cost world economy $1 trillion by 2030, warns report “Tuberculosis will cost the world economy close to $1 trillion in lost economic output by 2030, unless countries step up efforts to fight the disease, according to a report launched today by the Global TB Caucus, a group of over 2,300 parliamentarians from…More

Pneumonia Can Be Effectively Treated, Prevented With Investments In Health Care Systems, Global…

Devex: Opinion: 3 ways to end preventable child deaths from pneumonia Marian Blondeel, senior communications specialist at the Malaria Consortium “Pneumonia is the deadliest infectious disease among children under the age of five worldwide — more than HIV, tuberculosis, Zika, Ebola, and malaria combined. … Shockingly, these deaths can be largely prevented as the disease…More

NPR Examines Reasons For India’s High TB Mortality

NPR: Why Does India Lead The World In Deaths From TB? “…Why is India bearing the brunt of [TB] infections? And will the government be able to meet its goal of eliminating tuberculosis by 2025? … ‘A high mortality tells us several things.

Though Investment In TB R&D Increased In 2016, Funding Represents One-Third Of Need, Report…

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: TB R&D spending climbs — but not enough Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” discusses a Treatment Action Group report that found “[i]nvestment in research and development toward new tuberculosis drugs, diagnostic tests, and preventive measures increased in 2016 for the first time in seven years ……More

All Countries Should Strive For Balance In Pollution Control Policies

Washington Post: The killer responsible for more yearly deaths than AIDS, malaria, and TB combined Editorial Board “A major study published last month in The Lancet, a British medical journal, found that there is a global killer responsible for more yearly deaths than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined: pollution. … Harmful particulates, toxic chemicals, and…More

U.S. Should Strengthen Investments In Global Health R&D

The Hill: Let’s tackle new health threats before they reach us Mark Dybul, professor of medicine at the Georgetown University Medical Center, former executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and former U.S. Global HIV/AIDS Coordinator “…The need for research to develop new drugs, vaccines, and cures is clear. ……More

Blog Post Discusses Findings From WHO’s 2017 Global TB Report

U.N. Dispatch: Tuberculosis is easily treated. So Why Is It Still The Most Deadly Infectious Disease in the World? Alanna Shaik, an international development professional, discusses findings from the WHO’s 2017 Global Tuberculosis Report, including global trends in incidence, mortality, treatment, and funding (11/1).

Greater Political Commitment Needed To Push Down Global TB Numbers, WHO Annual Report Says

CIDRAP News: Despite progress, WHO paints ‘grim’ picture of global TB “…While the [WHO’s Global Tuberculosis Report 2017] shows progress against TB has been made, including a 37 percent reduction in the TB mortality rate since 2000, it also shows that reducing the global burden of the disease will take time. Overall, there were an…More

U.S. Investments In Infectious Disease Programs Protect American, Global Health, Economic…

Devex: Opinion: How fighting diseases globally makes everyone safer Chris Collins, president of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria “…The U.S. has a history of strong bipartisan support for, and leadership on, global health. These investments see significant returns by helping to protect U.S. health security through the containment of disease…More

Political Momentum Can Help Global Progress To End TB

HuffPost: High-Level Spotlight On Tuberculosis, The Top Infectious Killer Mario Raviglione, director of the Global Tuberculosis Programme at the WHO “The spotlight on the fight against tuberculosis (TB) has never been as bright as it is right now. … We have been stressing on the solutions to end TB for the past many years. What…More

Africa Should Adopt Inclusive Approach To Building Health Infrastructure, Improving Health…

Financial Times: Africa’s health crisis needs a focus on systems, not people Adebayo Alonge, co-founder of RxAll “…Health care systems in Africa have been tailored to fight diseases like malaria and tuberculosis and were not built to handle the rise of non-communicable diseases such as respiratory illnesses and cancer. … [W]hat is needed is a…More

Electronic TB Patient Referral System Being Piloted In Southern African Countries To Help Close…

Devex: Digital patient tracking aims to tackle TB crisis in Southern Africa “Every year, 500,000 men travel across southern Africa to work in South Africa’s mines. In doing so, they find themselves triply vulnerable to contracting tuberculosis. Mines produce high levels of silica dust, which renders the lungs prone to bacterial infection. HIV is also…More

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