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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.

Published
22 hours ago
From
TASS
Increased expenditure on social security has benefits for TB control in the EU

Increased expenditure on social protection programmes – sickness, disability and unemployment benefits, old age pensions, housing support – is associated with improved tuberculosis (TB) control, according to an

Published
30 October 2014
By
Michael Carter
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.

Published
22 July 2014
From
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.

Published
31 March 2014
From
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.

Published
10 March 2014
From
HIV i-Base
TB-HIV news from the 44th Union World Conference on Lung Health.

This edition of HATIP reports on the 44th Union World Conference on Lung Health, held in Paris, 30 October-3 November 2013.

Published
28 February 2014
From
HIV & AIDS treatment in practice
Decentralisation of care reduces HIV and TB-related deaths, illness in Swaziland and Uganda

New studies from eastern and southern Africa add to  mounting evidence that antiretroviral therapy (ART) has a profound impact on reducing opportunistic infections, and that decentralised and

Published
19 December 2013
By
Mara Kardas-Nelson
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.

Published
18 November 2013
From
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.

Published
08 November 2013
From
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.

Published
31 October 2013
From
PLoS Blogs (blog)
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