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New survey shows outdated TB policies and practices risking further spread of drug-resistant TB

Urgent phase-out needed for outdated policies of mandatory hospitalisation, re-treatment regimens that contribute to drug resistance, and sub-optimal diagnosis.

Published
03 December 2015
From
MSF
TB Alliance and Partners Announce World’s First Availability of Appropriate, Child-friendly TB Medicines in Correct Doses

TB Alliance and its partners announced today the availability of child-friendly tuberculosis (TB) medicines in the correct doses. The improved treatments are the first to meet the dosage guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2010. They are dispersible and palatable, simple to administer and affordable. The availability of these products is a result of a project largely funded by UNITAID.

Published
03 December 2015
From
TB Alliance
Tuberculosis research funding crisis imperils elimination goal

Worldwide funding for tuberculosis (TB) research fell $1.3 billion short of global targets in 2014, according to a report released today by Treatment Action Group (TAG).

Published
01 December 2015
From
Treatment Action Group
The Medicines Patent Pool Expands Mandate to Hepatitis C and Tuberculosis Treatment

The UNITAID Executive Board, meeting November 4-5 in Geneva, approved the MPP’s proposals to improve access to both life-saving direct acting antivirals (DAAs) to treat hepatitis C and new and re-purposed medicines for tuberculosis.

Published
09 November 2015
From
Medicines Patent Pool
TB language guide: ‘Every Word Counts’

"Unfortunately, stigmatizing language is still commonplace in research and practice and the TB community is far behind the AIDS community in embracing language that respects the dignity of people with tuberculosis", said Ms. Blessina Kumar, Chair of the Global Coalition of TB Activists. "Stigma keeps people with TB in the shadows and is a key reason that over three million with TB go undiagnosed and untreated each year."

Published
06 November 2015
From
Stop TB Partnership
TAG Response to the Release of the World Health Organization’s 2015 Global Tuberculosis Report

In 1993, the World Health Organization declared TB a global emergency. The new data in the WHO's 2015 Global Tuberculosis Report show that all the promises made to end the TB epidemic since 1993 have been hollow.

Published
28 October 2015
From
Treatment Action Group
Tuberculosis now rivals AIDS as leading cause of death: WHO

It found that during 2014, 1.1 million people died of TB in 2014. During the same period, HIV/AIDS killed 1.2 million people globally, including 400,000 who were infected with both HIV and TB.

Published
28 October 2015
From
Reuters
Bulk of world’s MDR-TB cases undiagnosed – WHO

The world may be losing the war against the rise of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) as the bulk of patients with multidrug-resistant TB go undiagnosed, according to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) latest TB report.

Published
28 October 2015
From
Health-E News
London areas have higher TB than Iraq

Parts of London have higher rates of tuberculosis than Rwanda, Iraq or Guatemala, a report from the London Assembly says. Some wards in Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hounslow and Newham have rates of more than 150 per 100,000.

Published
27 October 2015
From
BBC Health
International AIDS Society to organize global TB conference on the eve of AIDS 2016

The International AIDS Society (IAS) announced that it will host “TB2016”, a two-day conference dedicated to highlighting new TB science and its importance for the future of global health. The conference will take place 16-17 July, 2016 in Durban, South Africa, immediately preceding the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016). The meeting is a unique partnership between HIV and TB scientists and advocates, convened to draw attention around the need for greater urgency and innovation to combat both epidemics.

Published
26 October 2015
From
International AIDS Society

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