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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
Urgency Needed in the Global Response to Drug-resistant Tuberculosis

In the second of two linked posts, Lindsay McKenna and Colleen Daniels of Treatment Action Group (TAG) describe the importance of access to timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment for patients with drug-resistant tuberculosis and demand that urgency be returned to the global DR-TB response.

Published
04 November 2013
From
PLoS Blogs
Cape Town XDR-TB patient leads international campaign

A Cape Town survivor of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis has taken her campaign for better access to testing and treatment from her hometown of Khayelitsha to Paris and beyond.

Published
31 October 2013
From
Health-e
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)
Zero TB declaration by activists

Activists stormed the stage at the World Health Organization (WHO) sponsored Stop TB Symposium during the 44th Union World Conference on Lung Health. TAG's TB Project Director Colleen Daniels called for global action and a new global attitude in the fight against TB.

Published
31 October 2013
From
Treatment Action Group
Simultaneous HIV and tuberculosis therapy doesn't cause problems with liver function

Simultaneous treatment with anti-tuberculosis (TB) drugs and antiretroviral therapy (ART) does not result in major changes in liver function, investigators report in the International Journal of Infectious

Published
31 October 2013
By
Michael Carter
Pros and cons of high-tech TB testing

A new, sophisticated diagnostic test for tuberculosis now being rolled out promises to be faster and more accurate than the old methods and much easier to use. But the first trials of the GeneXpert MTB/RIF Assay test in real-life situations have proved that while all this is true, it did not make any significant difference to treatment outcomes.

Published
30 October 2013
From
IRIN
First new tuberculosis drug in fifty years risks being squandered without better research and pricing strategies

New TB drug bedaquiline illustrates need for paradigm shift in developing and ensuring access to new treatment combinations.

Published
30 October 2013
From
MSF
A double blow: Private-sector funding for TB research drops sharply amid severe public-sector budget cuts

The 2013 Report on Tuberculosis Research Funding Trends, 2005–2012 finds that funding for tuberculosis research and development (TB R&D) dropped by US$30.4 million compared with 2011—the first time funding has fallen since TAG began tracking investments in 2005.

Published
29 October 2013
From
Treatment Action Group
People With HIV Accounted for One Quarter of TB Deaths in 2012: WHO

Tuberculosis developed in an estimated 8.6 million people worldwide in 2012, according to a World Health Organization report. Of the 1.3 million people who died of TB, 320,000—or one quarter—had HIV infection.

Published
26 October 2013
From
International AIDS Society

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