Paul Farmer first saw multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in the early 1990s in Haiti, from where he smuggled a patient’s sputum sample to test for drug resistance in Boston. Months later, Partners in Health co-founder Dr. Jim Kim with other colleagues discovered a cluster of fifty MDR-TB patients in a squatter settlement of 100,000 in Lima, Peru. That’s when they started to talk to the world about the emergence of MDR-TB.
24 March 2016 | Science Speaks
The meeting will offer a platform for patients only to discuss their needs, identify opportunities for patient and community engagement in TB programs and responses, and increase knowledge around available resources for people who are sick with TB and their families. Twenty participants from 18 countries spanning four regions will add their voice and contribute to the development of a compendium of patient narratives to provide the needed patient perspective to inform and ensure successful programmatic interventions.
12 October 2015 | Stop TB Partnership
A new study calls for urgent action to integrate anti-smoking strategies into the care of people being treated for tuberculosis and HIV.
28 August 2015 | VOA News
USAID funded MEASURE Evaluation to initiate an impact evaluation in Ukraine for two TB programmatic priorities: Improving integration of TB and HIV services to reduce mortality through early diagnosis and treatment for co-infected patients; and providing social support services to improve TB treatment adherence.
30 March 2015 | Science Speaks
Patients randomized to the support of a health navigator were not more likely than those who received standard of care to complete tuberculosis treatment or begin antiretroviral therapy within three months of HIV diagnosis, according to the results of a South African randomized trial presented here today.
26 February 2015 | Science Speaks
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
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
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
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
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