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China Must Strengthen Its Public Health System To Prevent Spread Of TB

The Japan Times: Tuberculosis showing a resurgence in China Cesar Chelala, international public health consultant “China now has the second-largest tuberculosis epidemic — second only to India — with more than 1.3 million new cases of tuberculosis every year. What makes the situation particularly serious, says the Chinese Center for…

U.S. Must Increase Capacity For Global Health R&D, Anticipate Global Disease Threats

Washington Post: Why aren’t we producing medications for looming global disease threats? Mel Spigelman, physician and president and chief executive of TB Alliance “…[A new Global Health Technologies Coalition] analysis reveals that over the past six years, [U.S.] taxpayer funding for global health research has been stagnant or declining. ……

Simultaneous Treatment For HIV/TB Improves Survival Of Co-Infected, Study Says

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Concurrent treatment for HIV/TB co-infection breaks up ‘deadly alliance’ In a guest post, Martha P. Skiles, a research associate at MEASURE Evaluation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Stephanie Mullen, team leader at MEASURE Evaluation and senior M&E adviser…

TB Survivors Recount Disease’s Impact On Their Lives At World TB Day Event

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: TB survivors from Indonesia, Tajikistan, South Africa tell stories of unique challenges, common ordeals, and continued toll Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses the stories of “three survivors [who]…

U.N.’s Ban Encourages Governments To Increase Efforts To End TB By 2035

U.N. News Centre: U.N. chief urges governments intensify efforts to end tuberculosis by 2035 “With some 37 million lives saved between 2000 and 2013 through the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis, it is possible to end the epidemic by 2035, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on World Tuberculosis Day, urging leaders…

Experts Disagree Over Feasibility Of WHO’s ‘End TB’ Strategy

Deutsche Welle: A world without tuberculosis? “If it’s up to the WHO, the number of tuberculosis (TB) deaths is to decrease by 95 percent over the next twenty years, the number of those contracting the disease by 90 percent. These are without doubt lofty targets. Serious efforts will have to…

News Outlets Examine Efforts To Treat TB In Ethiopia, Papua New Guinea, India

The Guardian: Ethiopia: new TB treatment means patients will no longer need a miracle “…A scheme will see two new drugs introduced in 17 high-risk countries, including Ethiopia, with the aim of halving treatment times, eliminating the need for injections, and improving patients’ chances of a cure from 48 percent…

Opinion Pieces Mark World TB Day

Devex: New approaches needed to end TB Anna Nakanwagi-Mukwaya, director of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease’s Uganda office; Paula Fujiwara, the Union’s scientific director; and Lucica Ditiu, executive secretary of the Stop TB Partnership “…Innovative projects like [Slum Partnerships to Actively Respond to Tuberculosis in Kampala (SPARK-TB)],…