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Integration Of TB/HIV Services Necessary To Beat ‘Twin Epidemics’

Swaziland “is struggling to overcome twin epidemics of HIV and tuberculosis (TB),” UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé writes in the Huffington Post “Healthy Living” blog. “Here in Swaziland, more than three-quarters of TB patients are also living with HIV, and TB is the leading cause of death among people with…

Blog Examines Funding For MDR-TB Versus Drug-Susceptible TB

In the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Global Health Policy” blog, Amanda Glassman, director of global health policy at CGD, and Kate McQueston, program coordinator at the center, examine spending on tuberculosis (TB), including drugs to fight susceptible and multidrug-resistant (MDR) strains of the bacteria. “[D]espite higher costs and relatively…

IRIN Examines Lancet Series On TB

IRIN examines The Lancet series on tuberculosis (TB), saying that authors writing in the collection of articles note that investments in TB since 1993, when the WHO declared the disease a global emergency, “have led to the most promising pool of new tuberculosis drug and vaccine candidates in more than 40 years,…

South Africa To Host Third Global Forum On TB Vaccines

“This week more than 250 scientists, researchers, and tuberculosis (TB) advocates from all over the world will gather in Cape Town, South Africa, at the Third Global Forum on TB Vaccines to share findings and look to the future of TB vaccine research and development,” Tom Evans, CEO of Aeras,…

Global Coalition Of TB Activists Lends Voice To International Discourse

“The Global Coalition of TB Activists [GCTA] came together at a February Stop TB Partnership meeting in Geneva, [an] announcement says, with the aim of closing gaps that leave those most affected by tuberculosis out of decision making at local, national, and global levels,” the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science…

Incorporating Informal Health Providers Into TB Treatment, Care

According to a literature review recently published in PLoS One, informal health providers account for “nine percent to 90 percent of all health care interactions in low- and middle-income countries (depending on the country, the disease in question and the methods of measurement),” Gina Lagomarsino, a principal and managing director at…

Washington Post Examines HIV, TB Epidemics In Russia

The Washington Post examines how the HIV and tuberculosis (TB) epidemics are affecting Russia, where “HIV/AIDS was the third-largest cause of premature death,” according to recently released data in the Global Burden of Disease Study 2012 (GBD). “When the study grouped countries by income, Russia was compared to 14 others, including the…

Information Technology Can Improve TB Screening, Treatment Programs

In a Center for Health Market Innovations (CHMI) blog post, Arjun Vasan of the Results for Development Institute uses preliminary research and analysis data collected by CHMI and the University of Toronto to examine “innovative ways to improve privately delivered TB care.” He writes, “Among the TB programs CHMI profiles,…

To Meet TB Treatment Goals, Latent TB Cases Must Be Diagnosed

“If everyone in the world were tested for latent infection with tuberculosis (a status that predisposes people to develop active disease) today, at least one billion people would be positive,” Ray Chambers, U.N. special envoy for health financing, writes in the Huffington Post’s “The Big Push” blog. “From the World…

Regional Meeting To Scale Up Collaborative TB/HIV Activities Begins In Maputo

“The regional meeting to scale up collaborative TB/HIV activities in Africa kicked off in Maputo last week with presentations scheduled for 14 African country representatives to share progress and challenges in confronting TB/HIV co-infection in the most highly impacted region of the world,” the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science…

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