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Progress report on promises made to improve South Africa’s health services

Over the last three years South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has made several promises to improve health care in his annual state of the nation address. This includes fighting TB, improving life expectancy and reducing maternal, infant and under five mortality. Health and Medicine Editor Candice Bailey asked a panel of academics to assess whether the promises have been kept.

Published
11 February 2016
From
The Conversation
New Report and Monitoring Tool: HIV, HCV, TB and Harm Reduction in Prisons

A new report from Harm Reduction International identifies some of the most important human rights and public health standards relating to HIV, HCV and TB in prisons, and the vital role of harm reduction provision in ensuring them.

Published
10 February 2016
From
Harm Reduction International
Most commonly used TB test fails to accurately diagnose pregnant HIV+ women

The most commonly used test for tuberculosis fails to accurately diagnose TB in up to 50 percent of pregnant women who are HIV+, new research has found. The research is believed to be the first study to compare the accuracy of two TB tests – the Quantiferon Gold In Tube® blood test and the more commonly used TST or tuberculin skin test—in this population.

Published
26 January 2016
From
Science Daily
Southern African mining sector to receive $140m for anti-TB initiatives

The World Bank is set to release the first tranche of its $120-million contribution to the fight against tuberculosis (TB) in Southern Africa’s mining sector during the first quarter of this year.

Published
20 January 2016
From
Mining Weekly
European Union Joint Action on HIV and Co - infection Prevention and Harm Reduction launched

On 14-15 January 2016 in Vilnius, Lithuania, the European Union Joint Action on HIV and Co-infection Prevention and Harm Reduction (HA-REACT) held its first Partnership Forum to kick off activities. HA-REACT addresses existing gaps in the prevention of HIV and other co-infections, especially tuberculosis (TB) and viral hepatitis, among people who inject drugs (PWID).

Published
18 January 2016
From
Manual Items
NICE publishes new guideline to better tackle tuberculosis

NICE – the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence of England – published guidance on how to better treat and prevent tuberculosis. England has more TB cases than any other country in Western Europe.

Published
15 January 2016
From
NICE press release
MDR-TB treatment: Six drugs better than five

A regimen containing six drugs was more likely to cure multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) than a regimen containing five drugs, a nine-country observational study has

Published
13 January 2016
By
Keith Alcorn
USAID announces new partnerships to combat MDR-TB

At last week’s launch of the National Action Plan for Combating Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis, the U.S. Agency for International Development announced expanded partnerships with Janssen, the maker of bedaquiline, the first tuberculosis drug to be produced since the 1950s, and Cepheid, maker of the GeneXpert rapid diagnostic test for drug-resistant tuberculosis.

Published
13 January 2016
From
Science Speaks
TAG’s Response to the U.S. Action Plan for Combating Multidrug Resistant Tuberculosis

Treatment Action Group (TAG) welcomes the release of the Obama Administration’s National Action Plan for Combating Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis. Strengthening the domestic and global and research efforts to address multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) are critical to ending the suffering this preventable, curable disease needlessly causes. However, the targets set forth in this plan are not ambitious enough to effectively stop the spread of MDR-TB.

Published
11 January 2016
From
Treatment Action Group
LAM point-of-care TB testing reduces mortality in people with HIV/TB co-infection in hospital

All-cause 8-week mortality is reduced by rapid point-of-care urine-based testing for tuberculosis (TB), using a test for detection of mycobacterial lipoarabinomannan (LAM) to guide rapid treatment initiation in

Published
08 January 2016
By
Lesley Odendal
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