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  • TB activists call for a bigger piece of the pie from the Global Fund

    Today (October 31) TB activists interrupted the plenary session at the 45th Conference on Lung Health, calling on the Global Fund and partners to increase the amount of funds allocated to TB without jeopardizing funding to HIV and malaria and other diseases.

    04 November 2014 | TB Online
  • 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health: TB activists speak out

    At a symposium on Saturday entitled “Community driven solutions: present perspectives and future vision”, four community TB activists shared their goals and challenges as they work to elevate tuberculosis awareness and ensure humane supportive care to patients with tuberculosis.

    04 November 2014 | Science Speaks
  • Russia: Lawmakers, medics urge compulsory treatment of tuberculosis

    Is it right to resort to compulsion to cure a sick person? Russian legislator Alexander Kravets is going to initiate a legal act which, if adopted, will empower medics to send tuberculosis patients who refuse to receive medical aid to hospitals for compulsory treatment without waiting for a court ruling. “On the excuse of human rights protection people infected with the tubercle bacillus are free to go wherever they want without any medical supervision,” says Kravets.

    31 October 2014 | TASS
  • From Rhetoric to Reality: An Analysis of Efforts to Scale Up The Response to TB-HIV

    A new research report from ACTION global health shows that joint TB-HIV activities are neglected by HIV programs and overwhelmingly carried out by TB programs, and that global guidelines to address TB-HIV have not been prioritized by leading donors and affected countries.

    22 July 2014 | ACTION
  • Mass TB Tests 'Would Save Billions'

    A World Bank study has estimated that South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, and Mozambique could save approximately 13 billion rand a year in increased productivity and reduced TB transmission by spending 330 million rand per year to test and treat miners in the gold and platinum mining industry for TB.

    31 March 2014 | Business Daily
  • Xpert TB test doesn’t reduce morbidity but it does have important advantages

    While it is disappointing that the Xpert did not confer a morbidity or mortality benefit, its advantages include quicker and easier diagnosis with less work for health workers.

    10 March 2014 | HIV i-Base
  • TB treatment must extend beyond the physical body and include social and psychological support as an important aspect of care

    Jigna Rao, patient advocate, speaks about patient centered approaches to cure at the TAG symposium “Cascades: Improving TB Care”, held on November 1 during the 2013 Union World Conference on Lung Health in Paris, France.

    18 November 2013 | TB Online
  • Global Fund Shift Mode of Funding, to Focus on Joint HIV/TB Programs

    The Global Fund has said future funding programmes will be geared towards joint Tuberculosis and HIV programmes, rather than separate proposals for each disease. The new requirement is designed to streamline programming for countries heavily burdened by the two diseases.

    08 November 2013 | Africa Science News
  • Patient-Centered TB Treatment Will Require Modernizing Directly-Observed Therapy

    In the first of two linked posts, Mike Frick of Treatment Action Group (TAG) and Audrey Zhang of Harvard College argue that patient-centered approaches in treatment for drug-resistant and drug-sensitive tuberculosis are needed.

    31 October 2013 | PLoS Blogs (blog)
  • Pros and cons of high-tech TB testing

    A new, sophisticated diagnostic test for tuberculosis now being rolled out promises to be faster and more accurate than the old methods and much easier to use. But the first trials of the GeneXpert MTB/RIF Assay test in real-life situations have proved that while all this is true, it did not make any significant difference to treatment outcomes.

    30 October 2013 | IRIN
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