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WHO-Sponsored Meeting Discusses Post-2015 Goals For Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) experts gathered in Geneva on Wednesday for a WHO-sponsored two-day meeting “to discuss a consensus on the appropriate post-2015 tuberculosis goals,” Nature reports. In the 2015 Millennium Development Goals, TB is named under Goal 6, with the objective of reducing global TB incidence, but “the tuberculosis community is itching to…

Al Jazeera Programs Examine Vaccine Funding, Efforts To Fight Malaria, TB, HIV

Al Jazeera’s “Inside Story” on Friday examined whether funding and political will can keep pace with efforts to vaccinate every child worldwide. The 25-minute video program, “with presenter Shiulie Ghosh, discusses with guests: Kate Elder from Doctors Without Borders; Adel Mahmoud, a global health specialist at Princeton University, and former…

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…

TB Patients, Activists Protest Drug Shortages In New Delhi

“Tuberculosis patients and activists protested outside the federal health ministry in New Delhi Wednesday, angered at a shortage of life-saving medicines in government clinics,” the Wall Street Journal’s “India Real Time” blog reports. “Since January this year, pediatric drugs for tuberculosis have been in short supply in many Indian states,…

Wall Street Journal Examines Shortage Of TB Drugs In India

Noting “India faces a potential shortage of a critical medication for drug-resistant tuberculosis that could deepen an already acute drug-shortfall-problem in the country with the highest burden of the deadly contagious disease,” the Wall Street Journal reports, “Tuberculosis officials in several Indian states said this week that their stocks of…

Sequestration-Related Cuts Affecting CDC’s TB Research Program

In a guest post in the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog, Coco Jervis, senior U.S. and global policy associate at the Treatment Action Group, examines how sequestration-related cuts are threatening the CDC’s Tuberculosis Trials Consortium, “the leading TB clinical research collaborative in the world,” she says. “Several…

Public-Private Partnerships Can Help Advance Global Health Goals

“Three people die every minute from tuberculosis [TB] — a treatable and largely preventable disease. Resistant forms continue to thrive, and increased travel makes the global threat very real. We face a public health emergency,” Vince Forlenza, chair, CEO, and president of the medical technology firm Becton, Dickinson and Company…

USAID Blog Calls For Improved TB Diagnosis, Treatment

During the month of May, USAID’s “IMPACTblog” “will be highlighting USAID’s work in global health,” the blog notes, adding, “From May 1-10, we will be featuring the role that science, technology and innovation plays in global health.” In the most recent post in the series, USAID Senior Tuberculosis Media Advisor Ya Diul…

Wall Street Journal Examines Global Shortage Of TB Drugs

“The U.S., India and other nations are facing shortages of tuberculosis [TB] drugs — threatening to reverse decades of progress against a deadly disease that is becoming increasingly untreatable,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “Worldwide, TB is becoming increasingly drug-resistant, and drug shortages are ‘one of the main reasons,’ said…