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  • Zimbabwe Faces Troubling Spike in Cases of Multi-Drug Resistant TB

    MDR-TB occurs when a strain of TB bacteria becomes resistant to two or more “first-line” antibiotic drugs prescribed to combat standard TB. According to the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, cases of MDR-TB nearly doubled from 156 in 2011 to 244 cases in 2013. This was despite the fact that notifications for ordinary TB drastically declined from 47,000 in 2010 to 38,367 in 2012.

    26 January 2015 | Inter Press Service
  • PHE and NHS England launch joint £11.5m strategy to wipe out TB in the UK

    Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England have today (19 January 2015) announced an £11.5 million investment as part of a collaborative initiative to decrease TB cases and ultimately eliminate TB as a public health problem in England.

    19 January 2015 | Public Health England press release
  • 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
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