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Study reveals biological processes leading to active tuberculosis disease

Researchers at the University of Cape Town in South Africa have identified a sequence of biological processes that occur as tuberculosis infection progresses to active pulmonary tuberculosis disease. The findings, which demonstrate a clear timeline of biological events that occur between infection and disease, hold important implications for the development of new diagnostics, treatments, and vaccines.

Published
28 November 2017
From
Science Speaks
Global ministerial conference ends with adoption of the Moscow Declaration to End TB

A global ministerial conference held in Moscow, Russian Federation, on 16 and 17 November that united more than 1000 participants, including 75 ministers and 114 country delegations, concluded with the adoption of the Moscow Declaration to End TB.

Published
24 November 2017
From
UNAIDS
Putin, An Unlikely Ally, Supports The Global Effort To Stop Tuberculosis

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke publicly about the need to rally resources and attention in the fight against tuberculosis, the world’s top infectious killer, in a move public health officials consider a signal that Russia is taking a larger role in the global health sphere.

Published
22 November 2017
From
Huffington Post
No end in sight for TB

South Africa is one of seven countries responsible for the majority of the world’s tuberculosis (TB) burden, according to the 2017 Global TB Report published last month. The goal, set by the World Health Assembly, to effectively end TB by 2035 will not be met unless the country meets its own targets.

Published
20 November 2017
From
Health-e
Stigma surrounding tuberculosis keeps patients from services, worsens health risks, but remains largely unmeasured, unaddressed

A special issue of the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease shows, stigmatizing stereotypes, fears and realities associated with TB add to the misery of a disease requiring lengthy and debilitating treatment, lead health workers to make inappropriate and unnecessary referrals, interfere with contact tracing, deprive patients of community support, and discourage people at risk for disease — including health workers — from accessing services they need.

Published
20 November 2017
From
Science Speaks
TB to cost world economy $1 trillion by 2030, warns report

Tuberculosis will cost the world economy close to $1 trillion in lost economic output by 2030, unless countries step up efforts to fight the disease, according to a report launched today by the Global TB Caucus, a group of over 2,300 parliamentarians from 130 countries. The disease cost the world more than $600 billion from 2000 to 2015.

Published
15 November 2017
From
Devex
WHO report signals urgent need for greater political commitment to end tuberculosis

Global efforts to combat tuberculosis (TB) have saved an estimated 53 million lives since 2000 and reduced the TB mortality rate by 37%, according to the Global TB Report 2017, released by WHO today. Despite these achievements, the latest picture is grim. TB remains the top infectious killer in 2016. TB is also the main cause of deaths related to antimicrobial resistance and the leading killer of people with HIV. Progress in most countries is stalling and is not fast enough to reach global targets or close persistent gaps in TB care and prevention.

Published
30 October 2017
From
World Health Organization
Personal Stories from TB Survivors

These are the stories of TB survivors from around the world on their journey fighting and beating TB. These survivors have experienced the side effects of TB medication, the difficulties of undergoing treatment, the mental and psychological impact, and want to raise awareness about this disease, including the importance of getting tested and adhering to treatment. Their voices provide important perspectives and are a powerful tool for advocacy to accelerate the TB response and reach all affected people with prevention and care.

Published
30 October 2017
From
World Health Organization
Advocates to seek TB funding targets at 2018 high-level meeting

Global tuberculosis experts want to see numerical funding targets for combating the epidemic set at the first United Nations high-level meeting on the disease next year. Experts want to set additional targets for 2020 and 2025.

Published
20 October 2017
From
Devex
3 innovations that could transform TB diagnosis and care

Ending global tuberculosis will require new diagnostic tools, new ways to support adherence to treatment, new drug regimens, and a vaccine, experts told Devex at the 48th Union World Conference on Lung Health.

Published
18 October 2017
From
Devex
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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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