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New TB report shows continuing decline in cases in England

New 2015 data shows evidence of positive start to the early implementation of the TB Strategy with cases down by a third since 2011 peak.

Published
28 September 2016
From
Public Health England
Professor Stephen Lawn

Steve Lawn, who made major contributions to the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis among populations affected by HIV/AIDS, and to reducing the burden of HIV-associated TB, has died at the age of 50. His pioneering work has resulted in over 250 publications including many influential papers particularly on rapid diagnostic screening for TB, and making important contributions to World Health Organization guidelines.

Published
28 September 2016
From
LSHTM TB Centre
Kenya to roll out child-friendly tuberculosis medicines nationwide

TB medicines specially adapted for children have been available since 2015, as a result of the UNITAID-funded STEP-TB project. In 2013 UNITAID committed 16.72 million dollars towards the implementation of the STEP-TB project, which brought together TB Alliance, and other partners to develop the first formulations of TB medicines that meets dosage guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2010.

Published
27 September 2016
From
UNITAID
Global pledge to stamp out drug-resistant infections

The 193 countries of the United Nations sign a landmark declaration to rid the world of drug-resistant infections or superbugs.

Published
21 September 2016
From
BBC Health
UK pledges £1.1bn to global aid fund against Aids, TB and malaria

Britain will contribute £1.1bn to a global aid fund to help fight Aids, tuberculosis and malaria, but will attach a set of “demanding” performance targets, Priti Patel has announced. The money will fund 40m bed nets to tackle malaria, provide enough antiretroviral therapy for 1.3 million people with HIV and support the treatment of 800,000 people with tuberculosis. A proportion of the investment will be used to leverage £100m from the private sector specifically to tackle malaria.

Published
20 September 2016
From
The Guardian
Global Fund greenlights regional TB program for miners in Southern Africa

The Wits Health Consortium has been approved as the principal recipient on a new, $30 million regional grant to address the growing problem of tuberculosis among Southern Africa’s miners.

Published
19 September 2016
From
Global Fund Observer
Ugandan experience shows TB detection can be successfully incorporated into community HIV testing campaigns

Community health campaigns provide an opportunity to detect previously undiagnosed cases of tuberculosis (TB), investigators report in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

Published
16 September 2016
By
Michael Carter
WHO launches Target Regimen Profiles for TB treatment

Aimed at the pharmaceutical industry, research institutions, product development partnerships and donors, the new profiles seek to guide the drug/regimen development process, enabling important drug and regimen features to respond to the needs of end-users, care providers and policymakers.

Published
08 September 2016
From
World Health Organization
TB Can Persist in Lungs Despite Treatment

The findings show that TB bacteria may persist in the lungs even after patients have finished treatment and are free of clinical symptoms. Although it is unclear how this might affect the risk of disease relapse, the study results underscore the need for new diagnostic methods and improved TB treatment strategies, according to the researchers.

Published
07 September 2016
From
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
New insight into the progression of tuberculosis infection

A new study suggests it may be possible to predict which people infected with TB will develop the disease.

Published
07 September 2016
From
Imperial College London
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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