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Blogs Examine Report On TB R&D Funding

“The 2013 Report on Tuberculosis Research Funding Trends: 2005-2012 presents eight years of funding data” and “finds that after seven years of slow and unsteady increases in funding, TB [research and development (R&D)] investors reported a drop in spending in 2012 that threatens to undermine the tenuous gains made since…

India Spending Less Than Planned Expenditure For TB Budget

“Confronting a slowing economy and a large budget deficit, India has significantly reduced its planned expenditure on fighting tuberculosis, the airborne disease that kills more adults here than any other infection and has become increasingly more drug resistant, a review of government plans and budgets shows,” the Wall Street Journal’s…

TB Activists Demand Zero Deaths, New Infections, Stigma At International Conference

“Tuberculosis (TB) activists and representatives of affected communities stormed the opening of the Stop TB Symposium at the [44th Union World Conference on Lung Health on Wednesday] in Paris, demanding faster progress towards eliminating TB and a target of zero TB deaths,” a Stop TB Partnership press release reports. Treatment…

U.S. Should Continue, Expand TB Technical Assistance

“Through [USAID], the [CDC], and [PEPFAR], the U.S. provides either directly or indirectly more than 70 percent of external technical assistance provided to national TB programs, according to WHO estimates. The U.S. also is a major supporter of the Global Fund, pledging nearly a third of the organization’s funding since…

Continued Investment Necessary To Maintain, Improve Progress Against TB

In order to defeat tuberculosis (TB), “we need to invest in treatment and ensure that it reaches all those who are infected because otherwise, we will not be able to break the back of this epidemic,” Lucy Chesire, executive director and secretary to the Board of the TB ACTION Group,…

MSF Releases Report On TB Prevention, Treatment R&D Landscape

“Without a new approach to developing and pricing new tuberculosis (TB) medicines, the global TB response will be unable to deliver the new treatment combinations needed to close the deadly treatment gap for drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB),” Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warned Wednesday at the 44th Union World Conference on Lung…

Expert Cautious Over Global Fund’s New TB/HIV Funding Strategy, Devex Reports

“Groups advocating for [tuberculosis (TB)] elimination are hailing a new Global Fund proposed strategy that could raise coverage of the disease’s treatment, but an [unnamed] expert warns it entails some risks,” Devex reports. The recommendation — “that countries with high TB and HIV co-infection applying for Global Fund support only…

African Union Summit Attendees Address Health Issues

Heads of State attending the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Monday, the final day of the meeting, made “a commitment … to increase efforts to improve the continent’s health indicators,” Prensa Latina reports. “The 13 Heads of State, along with another 50 leading figures from world organizations…

Blog Highlights Efforts To Increase Funding For TB Research

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports on recent efforts to lobby Congress to maintain or restore funding for tuberculosis (TB) research. The blog also highlights “‘Exposed,’ a four-part series of short films on the global TB epidemic and efforts to develop the treatments and vaccine needed…

NPR Features Stories Examining Drug-Resistant TB

NPR features several stories examining drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) in Eastern Europe. On Monday’s “All Things Considered,” correspondent Jason Beaubien tells the story of a young couple from the Moldovan city of Balti. Both have been treated for drug-resistant TB, but the man, Pavel, “has extremely drug-resistant TB, or XDR-TB, a…