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‘Impatient Optimists’ Blog Publishes TB-Related Posts

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog published several posts on tuberculosis in recognition of World TB Day on March 24. In one, Mandy Slutsker, a senior project associate for ACTION, summarizes conversations with “advocates and experts from Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia on the challenges…

Poor Diagnosis Aids In Spread Of Drug Resistant TB

Reuters: Poor diagnosis driving global multidrug-resistant TB, WHO warns “… Latest data from the World Health Organisation (WHO), which says drug-resistant TB is a ‘global health security risk’, showed a third of the estimated 9 million people who contract TB in any form each year do not get the care…

Blogs, Publications Mark World TB Day

Publications and blogs highlight issues related to the spread of tuberculosis (TB) in advance of World TB Day on Monday, March 24. The Lancet discusses progress made in controlling TB since the the WHO declared it a global health emergency in 1993 (Herbert et al., 3/22). In a post in…

‘Science Speaks’ Blog Reports On New GHIT Grants

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports that the Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT) announced a $5.65 million grant to develop a vaccine for tuberculosis, along with other grants to develop drugs for neglected diseases (Barton, 3/20).

CDC Report Marks TB Progress In U.S.

News outlets report on a new report from the CDC on tuberculosis in the U.S. NPR: Screening Immigrants For TB Pays Dividends In U.S. “Hundreds of people with tuberculosis wishing to come to the U.S. have been stopped before they reached U.S. borders, says a new report from the Centers…

MSF Doctor Discusses Progress In TB Drug Development

As World TB Day approaches, Jennifer Hughes, a medical officer working for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)  on tuberculosis (TB) South Africa, discusses progress in developing drugs to treat TB. In an article on the organization’s website, she writes, “For the first time in fifty years, new drugs are being developed…

New Room-Temperature Vaccine Can Be ‘Game-Changer’ In Developing Countries

VOA News: Room-Temperature Vaccine Could Be Boon to Developing Countries “Scientists have developed a revolutionary vaccine that does not require refrigeration or booster shots, making the so-called nanovaccine a potential ‘game-changer’ in curbing disease in the developing world…” (Berman, 3/19).

WHO Reports On Project That Quickly Diagnoses MDR-TB

A news release from the World Health Organization announces progress made by a new project that “helped to triple the number of MDR-TB [multidrug-resistant tuberculosis] cases diagnosed in participating countries. ‘Earlier and faster diagnosis of all forms of TB is vital,’ [said] Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. ‘It improves the…

New Issue Of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has published Issue 40 of its newsletter, the “Global Fund News Flash.” The issue features an article on the fund’s allocation methodology; an article highlighting a faith-based organization’s mission to defeat malaria; and an article featuring John Rae, a documentary and…

MSF Releases Briefing Paper On Drug-Resistant TB

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) released a new briefing paper on Monday which “outlines why the alarming spread of deadly strains of drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) is one of the biggest global health threats we face today. [The paper] calls on governments, pharmaceutical companies, and researchers to mobilize urgently to save more…