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WHO TB Report Reveals ‘Massive Disconnect’ In Global TB Response

Noting the release of the WHO’s Global Tuberculosis Report 2013 on Wednesday, which “declared multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) a ‘public health crisis,'” ACTION Director Kolleen Bouchane writes in the Huffington Post’s “The Big Push” blog, “The new WHO report reveals massive disconnect between what is clearly a crisis situation and a…

MSF Officials Discuss Organization’s Withdrawal From Somalia

In the PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog, Unni Karunakara, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) international president from June 2010 through September 2013, and Jean-Christophe Dollé, MSF representative to Somalia since June 2013, “describe the challenges faced by Médecins Sans Frontières’ TB program as the organization withdrew from Somalia in response to…

USAID Assistant Administrator Reflects On WHO TB Report

“I applaud the [WHO] on the release of the Global Tuberculosis Report 2013, which includes among its recommendations, a call to action to reach millions of people still awaiting quality tuberculosis (TB) care and a stronger approach to fighting the emerging threat of multidrug-resistant TB,” USAID Assistant Administrator for Global…

Aeras Releases 2012 Annual Report

Aeras, a non-profit biotech company working to develop an affordable tuberculosis (TB) vaccine, on Thursday released its 2012 annual report. The report includes a letter from CEO Thomas Evans and looks at the company’s work over the last year (10/24).

Gates Foundation Blog Highlights 5 Priority Actions In Global TB Response

Noting the WHO on Wednesday released its annual Global Tuberculosis Report, Peter Small, deputy director with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s TB program, highlights in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog five priorities in the TB response identified in the report. These include “[r]eaching the three million people worldwide who…

Global Fund Releases New Results Data Showing Significant Gains

“The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced new results [on Friday] that show significant gains in the treatment of people living with HIV and in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of the virus,” the Global Fund reports in a press release. “The results show that 5.3 million…

Britain To Give $1.6B To Global Fund Over Next 3 Years If $15B Replenishment Goal Reached

“Britain has announced that it is giving one billion pounds, or $1.6 billion, to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria over the next three years and hopes the money will lead to ‘some incredible results,'” the Associated Press/Washington Post reports. “International Development Secretary Justine Greening made the…

Europe Facing Rising Cost Of Drug-Resistant TB, Study Says

“Europe is facing a multi-billion-euro time bomb of rising costs to control tuberculosis (TB) as drug-resistant forms of the lung disease spread, a pioneering study found,” Reuters reports. “Often thought of as a disease of the past or one restricted to marginalized communities, TB is already inflicting annual direct costs…

Daily Isoniazid Can Prevent TB In HIV Patients, Study Shows

“An inexpensive daily pill can often fend off a lethal bout of tuberculosis [TB] in people with HIV, according to a large new study,” the New York Times reports. “The study, published last week by Lancet Infectious Diseases, found that a daily isoniazid pill reduced deaths and active TB cases…

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