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South Africa: Pledge to turn tide in the war on TB

A massive tuberculosis screening programme to the tune of half a billion rand will begin next month, covering three areas of society most vulnerable to the disease, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said yesterday at a briefing held in Pretoria. Every prisoner in the country will be screened for tuberculosis from next month. If inmates test positive, their families will be tracked and also tested for the disease. There are over 150,000 prisoners in South Africa.

17 February 2015
Times Live
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
Access sought to tuberculosis drug from nutraceutical company

Delamanid, only the second tuberculosis drug approved in 40 years by European regulators, uses a new mechanism of action to treat the disease by inhibiting the synthesis of a cell-wall component of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes tuberculosis. But patient advocates worry that the new drug may not reach the patients who need it because, according to these advocates, the developer of the drug has failed to aggressively study and market the medication in regions that need it most.

05 February 2015
Nature Medicine
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
ART during tuberculosis therapy reduces mortality risk for people with HIV

There is a high mortality rate among people living with HIV undergoing treatment for tuberculosis (TB), according to the results of a meta-analysis published in PLOS One.

19 December 2014
Michael Carter
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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