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Drug-Resistant TB Becoming More Widespread In S. Africa

Inter Press Service: South Africa Battles Drug-Resistant TB “Despite an increase in diagnosis times, South Africa is facing a growing drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) burden as nationally there remains a large gap between the number of patients diagnosed with multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) and those who start treatment…” (Bosworth, 3/12).

New Issue Of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has published Issue 39 of its newsletter, the “Global Fund News Flash.” The issue features an article on the fund’s allocation amounts to countries for 2014-2016 and also features a video giving an overview of the new funding model (3/12).

Study, Commentary Examine XDR-TB Treatment Outcomes In S. Africa

A post in the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog discusses a study and commentary published last week in The Lancet that evaluated the long-term outcomes of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) patients in South Africa. “…Both the report and commentary call for policymakers and national control programs to…

TV News Stations Feature Shows On Polio, Drug-Resistant TB

Two television news stations feature shows on global health issues. Al Jazeera: Lifelines: The Last Drops “…Pakistan is one of the last countries never to have ended polio despite concerted vaccination efforts from local, national and international organizations…” (5/28). CNN: Vital Signs: Return of the ‘White Plague': Fears over the…

Al Jazeera America Examines Challenges To Preventing, Treating TB In Vietnam

Al Jazeera America: TB is a ‘neglected disease’ in Vietnam despite death toll “Tuberculosis, or TB, is the world’s second-deadliest infectious disease and kills 1.4 million people every year, according to the World Health Organization. While its bacteria are easily transmitted through the air, the disease can be readily treated…

Blog Examines How Mumbai Is Preventing, Treating Drug-Resistant TB

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: When XDR-TB spread in Mumbai, “lots of togetherness” led to a path of solutions Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, writes about how Mumbai TB officer Minni Khetarpal is preventing…

Treatment Action Group Releases TB Drug Guide

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: TAG’s TB drug guide aims to equip activists Rabita Aziz, policy research coordinator for the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses the Treatment Action Group’s newly released publication titled, “An Activists Guide to TB Drugs” (6/4).

Prophylactic Therapy With TB Drug Effective In HIV Patients, Study Shows

Bloomberg News: Combining Tuberculosis Treatment With HIV Therapy Cuts Disease “The use of tuberculosis drug isoniazid in conjunction with antiretroviral therapy to prevent the disease among HIV-infected patients is safe and cuts the incidence of TB by 37 percent, according to a study…” (Kew, 6/6).

CSIS Releases Multimedia, Documents On Global TB

The following blog posts discuss a recent working group, panel, and reports on global tuberculosis (TB). Center for Strategic & International Studies: A Strategic Approach to Global Tuberculosis The CSIS Global Health Policy Center (GHPC) examines how TB relates to U.S. national interests, the structure and effectiveness of U.S. TB…

Officials Outline Successes, Challenges In Preventing, Treating TB

USAID’s “Impact”: Global Leadership, Collaboration Aligned in the Fight Against Tuberculosis USAID Assistant Administrator for Global Health Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Mario Raviglione, director of the WHO Global TB Program, and colleagues from Indonesia, Nigeria, and South Africa discuss “key ingredients” for successful TB treatment and prevention initiatives, as well as preparedness…