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
At a press conference convened by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation Ukraine today, a group of patients, experts and activists delivered a strong message that the country is experiencing a preventable tuberculosis (TB) outbreak this year due to the failure of state procurements to obtain essential medications. Activists urged that immediate measures be taken to address the crisis, including distributing needed medical supplies, creating transparent procurement systems and assessing the effectiveness of TB treatment for each patient in accordance to international standards.
15 January 2015 | AIDS Healthcare Foundation press release
Kiev may be facing an unprecedented tuberculosis crisis. This is according to Larissa Kanarovskaya, the Head of the Kiev City Union of health workers. On December 1, 2014, at a press conference (a video in Russian can be seen here), she announced that on the average, 100 people die every day in Ukraine’s capital, of which one case is from active tuberculosis.
17 December 2014 | TB Europe Coalition
Memorandum of Understanding signed to address the global health threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
12 December 2014 | PR Newswire
Xpert MTB/RIF testing for pulmonary tuberculosis in a central lab took twice longer than sputum smear microscopy among HIV-positive patients with suspected pulmonary TB in Durban, South Africa. The authors believe Xpert results in “operational delays that limit the test's clinical utility for diagnosing pulmonary TB” in their patients.
09 December 2014 | International AIDS Society
In the midst of the current widespread Ebola outbreak, we have to stop and think. What is the next epidemic – and are we already facing it? Even though tuberculosis is treatable, it is spreading rapidly, taking the lives of over 1.5 million people each ...
05 December 2014 | Saporta Report
As the developing world becomes more developed, the rise in prosperity in these countries could also result in the rise of a lethal infectious disease -- tuberculosis (TB). It is not widely known that diabetes also triples the risk a person will develop TB.
"Diabetes reduces peoples immunity," says Dr. Anthony Harries, senior adviser to the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases . "The same biology underlies the interaction between TB and HIV, which attacks and destroys your immune system. Globally we have about 2 billion people with latent TB. Put diabetes into that equation and you immediately see there is a problem."
20 November 2014 | CNN
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