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Genetic Mutations Helping TB In Russia Spread More Efficiently

Nature: Russia’s drug-resistant TB spreading more easily “Bacterial ‘superbugs’ are getting ever more potent. Tuberculosis (TB) strains in Russia carry mutations that not only make them resistant to antibiotics but also help them to spread more effectively, according to an analysis of 1,000 genomes from different TB isolates — the…

Importance Of Locally Driven And International Responses To TB ‘Cannot Be Overstressed’

The Lancet Global Health: Rebalancing the global battle against tuberculosis Mario Raviglione and Mukund Uplekar of the WHO Global TB Programme; Cheri Vincent and Ariel Pablos-Méndez of USAID “Meetings of health ministers from the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) have produced two joint statements in…

USAID Launches TB Control Program In Jakarta

Jakarta Post: U.S. expands TB control program to Jakarta “U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Kristen Bauer and the Jakarta administration on Monday launched the Community Empowerment of People against Tuberculosis (CEPAT) health program in Jakarta. The program supports community-based outreach and care for tuberculosis (TB) via the U.S. Agency for International…

TB Treatment Advocacy Groups Discuss TB Test’s Cost In Letter To Manufacturer

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog discusses an open letter to Cepheid Chief Executive Officer John Bishop from the Treatment Action Group and the Global TB Advisory Board regarding the cost of the company’s GeneXpert MTB/RTF rapid TB diagnostic test. “…Cepheid hasn’t responded to requests for comments…

Global Fund Support Is Critical To Ending AIDS, TB, Malaria

Huffington Post: Our Shared Responsibility: Ending AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Susan Blumenthal, public health editor for the Huffington Post, and Shaina Vinayek, Allen Rosenfield public policy fellow at amfAR “…[I]n this year of the 25th anniversary of World AIDS Day with its theme of ‘Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an…

Uganda Can Do More To Lower Mortality Caused By TB, Malaria, AIDS

The Observer: Cheers for halving TB death figures “Uganda has been recognized by the World Health Organization for halving tuberculosis-related deaths down from 9,900 in 1990 to 4,700 in 2012. … However, much more remains to be done. MDG 6 sets out to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, TB and other infectious…

Gates Foundation Support Enables Indonesian TB Treatment Program

Gabrielle Fitzgerald, director of Global Program Advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog about a TB treatment program in Indonesia. “…I visited Dr. Hasan Sadikin Hospital with colleagues from the [Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria] and Tahir, a prominent…

MSF Takes Open Approach To Humanitarian Data

SciDev.Net: MSF pioneers opening up access to humanitarian data “Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is pioneering an open-access approach within the humanitarian sector in the hope that other medical aid organizations will follow suit. MSF decided to make the data its clinical and research staff collect freely available online, says a…

Studies Examine Drug-Resistant TB, New HIV Infections Among Youth In South Africa

Media outlets report on news surrounding HIV and tuberculosis (TB) in South Africa. Agence France-Presse: Probe highlights risk from South Africa’s drug-resistant TB “A long-term probe has found that South Africans with highly drug-resistant TB are ‘systematically’ discharged from hospital without being cured, placing themselves and others at risk, its…