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IRIN Examines MDR-TB In Myanmar

IRIN examines the issue of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in Myanmar, writing, “Inadequate detection and treatment are major obstacles and can result in cases of drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) such as MDR-TB, say health experts.” According to Peter Paul de Groote, Myanmar’s head of mission for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), “Drug-resistant TB…

DfID To Spend $214.5M Over 5 Years On Public-Private Partnerships To Fight Infectious Diseases

The U.K.’s Department for International Development (DfID) plans to invest £138 million ($214.5 million) over the next five years “with nine public-private partnerships to support development of drugs, vaccines, insecticides, diagnostic tools and microbicides, all to prevent, diagnose or treat disease,” This Is Guernsey reports (8/22). “Diseases to be targeted…

European Leaders Must Make Good On Commitments To Fight TB

“One third of the world’s population is infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes TB, and one tenth of these people will become sick from the illness during their lifetime,” WHO Regional Director for Europe Zsuzsanna Jakab writes in the Huffington Post’s “The Big Push” blog. “Today we are…

NPR Examines Reemergence Of Tuberculosis

NPR’s Shots blog examines the reemergence of tuberculosis in some parts of the world as well as the history of the disease, including in the U.S., as part of its continued coverage on the disease. “TB is not at all treated with the diligence that it should be,” Mel Spigelman, president and…

New Issue Of Lancet Global Health Available Online

Writing in a Lancet Global Health editorial, journal editor Zoë Mullan describes the content of the August 2013 issue. “Osman Sankoh and fellow INDEPTH Network colleagues announce a new freely accessible repository of Health and Demographic Surveillance System data generated by its member centers across Africa, Asia, and the Pacific”;…

Global Fund Seeks $15B For Efforts Against AIDS, TB, Malaria

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria “said on Thursday it needs $15 billion over the next three years to begin bringing ‘the three big global pandemics’ under control,” Reuters reports. “In a report released ahead of a pledging conference later this year, the [Global Fund] said timely…

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…

Former Prisoner Aims To Reform TB Prevention Efforts In South African Prisons

The Wall Street Journal examines how a former prisoner in South Africa “is forcing [the country] this year to intensify its fight against [tuberculosis (TB),] a disease that has breached jail cells, defied international borders, and grown increasingly drug resistant.” Arrested “on accusations of money laundering and trafficking counterfeit passports…