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  • Final fight pays off, XXDR-TB & HIV patient cured

    Once an active case of extremely drug resistant (XXDR-TB) strain of tuberculosis or totally drug resistant (TDR) TB, 40-year-old Rashid Khan (name changed), has now been completely cured of his disease. Despite having total drug resistance and HIV infection, Khan got cured a few days ago. At one stage he was receiving a cocktail of 18–20 drugs between his HIV and TB regimes. But Bedaquiline made a huge difference in his treatment. He is off medicine now.

    24 March 2015 | DNAIndia
  • TB/HIV Research Frontiers Meeting in conjunction with the 22nd Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2015)

    The objective of the meeting was to discuss and promote high level scientific interchange on ideas and updates about ongoing clinical trials on empirical TB treatment for preventing early mortality in people living with HIV and assess their eventual impact on policy change. The meeting also discussed the prospect of using rifamycins for prevention of tuberculosis in resource limited settings with high TB and HIV prevalence.

    05 March 2015 | World Health Organization
  • Fighting tuberculosis in the European region requires urgent support. Take action today!

    Today, the TB Europe Coalition, with the support of Stop TB Partnership, launches the Fight TB 2015 campaign to ensure that European leaders step up their response to TB to save millions of lives.

    18 February 2015 | TB Europe Coalition
  • Addressing TB and drug-resistant TB in the Eastern Ukrainian region

    The challenges in addressing the implementation of comprehensive HIV, TB and viral hepatitis prevention and treatment activities in the Eastern Ukraine affected by the warfare is complicated and escalating every week.

    11 February 2015 | Stop TB Partnership
  • Obama Budget Boosts U.S. HIV and Hepatitis Funding, Cuts Global AIDS and TB

    President Obama's proposed $4 trillion budget for fiscal year 2016 would increase funding for CDC's viral hepatitis and HIV prevention efforts, boost spending for HIV research, and allocate more to combat antibiotic resistance. But the plan would cut overall global health funding, including support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis.

    09 February 2015 | HIVandHepatitis.com
  • 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
  • Recent Ukranian Tuberculosis Outbreak Due to Lack of Medicine

    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
  • Ukraine’s capital is facing an explosive TB epidemic

    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
  • Johnson & Johnson announces collaboration between Janssen and USAID to expand access to anti-multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) compound

    Memorandum of Understanding signed to address the global health threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

    12 December 2014 | PR Newswire
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