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WHO sets stage of for global ministerial TB conference, seeks input on declaration

Categories: TBNovember Moscow conference will inform 2018 United Nations high level meeting When ministers of health and leaders of other government offices and agencies worldwide gather in Moscow this November for a Global Ministerial Conference on Ending TB, they will face the task of agreeing to make enough changes to what they are doing now to […](Read more…)

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Study projects drug-resistant tuberculosis transmissions to climb in four countries

Categories: TBUsing data on outcomes and impacts of tuberculosis across four countries with some of the highest rates of the disease, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found indications that person-to-person transmission will drive rising rates of TB that does not respond to treatments of first and second resort over the […](Read more…)

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New Drugs, New Hope to End TB in Peru

Photos by William Castro Rodríguez / Partners In HealthField technician Gaby Merlin Contreras provides the new TB drug, Bedaquiline, to a patient in Lima, Peru. For the first time in 50 years, two new drugs are available to patients battling the most trenchant forms of tuberculosis. TB experts around the world, including those at Partners In Health, hope that Bedaquiline and Delamanid will deliver patients a quicker, less toxic cure than older drugs on the market. They will soon see whether their hope is justified. Through an effort called endTB, PIH and nongovernmental organizations Médecins sans Frontières and Interactive Research & Development are offering new treatment regimens that include Bedaquiline and Delamanid to more than 3,000 people

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Adding up tolls of drug resistance, threats to research and hurdles to progress, TB survivors,…

Categories: TB“We’re not here because tuberculosis is like the common cold and makes you feel bad, we’re here because TB kills people” Washington, DC – From a six-year-old girl who came home to the U.S. sick after a visit to her grandparents in India, and from a long-distance runner from Peru, an audience on Capitol Hill […](Read more…)

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The multi-national network of TB Portals advances tuberculosis research

Categories: TBThe following is a guest post by Jessica Taaffe, PhD In the current environment of limited tuberculosis research funding, TB research can benefit significantly from data-centric collaborations, as researchers can learn from the work and experiences of others, propelling their own research forward, and they facilitate larger meta-analyses of existing data. The TB Portals program […](Read more…)

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National Action Plan for Combatting MDR-TB continues to be a work in progress

Categories: TBFirst year report describes assessments of needs, strategies, opportunities In December 2015, tuberculosis response advocates welcomed the release of a White House National Action Plan for Combating Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis with wary optimism. Promised months earlier as part of a broader administration initiative to tackle antimicrobial resistance, a set of specific goals to counter the growing […](Read more…)

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WHO omission of TB in priority list denounced

The omission of tuberculosis from a list of top diseases moved the WHO to assure that R&D on TB remains a priority.

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TB partners, patients ask: How does a bacterium responsible for nearly a third of…

Categories: TBExclusion of tuberculosis from WHO “catalogue of 12 bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health,” threatens development of medicines to treat world’s leading infectious disease killer, health advocates and leaders say While the unveiling of a list highlighting the need to fund drug development against specific pathogens represented just a beginning  for some […](Read more…)

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WHO stresses urgent need for R&D for drug-resistant TB alongside newly-prioritized…

WHO reaffirms the critical need for research and development (R&D) of new antibiotics to tackle the threat of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB).

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Financial barriers and coping strategies: a qualitative study of accessing multidrug-resistant…

Tuberculosis (TB) and multidrug-resistance tuberculosis (MDR-TB) pose serious challenges to global health, particularly in China, which has the second highest case burden in the world.

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CROI 2017: Continued Nix-TB regimen results take the kitchen sink out of XDR-TB treatment

Categories: CROI 2017Continued success of three-drug, six-month regimen introduces potential first gold standard of XDR-TB care SEATTLE – With a mortality rate of about 75 percent, tuberculosis that is extensively resistant to first and second-line treatments — XDR-TB — has left physicians with little choice aside from what Dr. Francesca Conradie calls the “kitchen sink” approach. That […](Read more…)

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CROI 2017: More evidence that TB preventive therapy saves lives of people with HIV highlights…

Categories: CROI 2017SEATTLE – At CROI 2015 the results of the TEMPRANO trial showed that early initiation of antiretroviral therapy and six months of isoniazid preventive therapy significantly reduced illness including tuberculosis in patients with HIV.  On Wednesday, Anani Badje from the TEMPRANO group provided long-term follow-up results from this same study that confirmed the value of […](Read more…)

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New Directions in Health-Environment Research: Implications for Health Systems

BY MICHAEL LOEVINSOHN, GUEST BLOGGER FROM THE STEPS CENTRE I chair a session on New Directions in Health-Environment Research: Implications for Health Systems. A bit off the beam of the Global Symposium’s thrust: one of 13 concurrent sessions, perhaps 20 people attend. Setting the stage, I describe the methodological challenges researchers are tackling to uncover how environmental change, of different kinds, is creating health risks; in identifying developmental processes that are loosening structures of risk and in clarifying how health and other sectors can collaborate to realize these opportunities.     The first case describes an “unnatural experiment”, the 2001-03 famine and its impact on the evolution of HIV in Malawi. Using existing data, I show how hunger profoundly affected the distribution of HIV and of people by pushing people into survival sex and distress migration

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Raise profile, funding of global TB response to match advances seen in HIV, Malaria efforts…

Categories: TBOver the first 15 years of this century, as efforts against the “big three” global infectious diseases — HIV, malaria and tuberculosis — accelerated, the numbers of new HIV infections dropped by 32 percent, and the number of deaths caused by the virus declined by 31 percent. Malaria infections dropped by 18 percent, and deaths […](Read more…)

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