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WHO Releases Annual Global TB Report

World Health Organization: Global tuberculosis report 2014 The WHO released its annual global report on tuberculosis (TB), which “provides a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the TB epidemic and progress in implementing and financing TB prevention, care and control at global, regional, and country levels using data reported by over…

New Campaign Brings Attention To Need For Greater Investment In Global Health R&D

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: #LetsSaveLives: If you do one thing today, support global health research and development Renate Baehr, executive director of DSW (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung), discusses the launch of a new campaign called #LetsSaveLives, which aims to bring attention to the need for greater investment in…

WHO To Strengthen Partnership With Romania To Improve TB Services

WHO/Europe: WHO to cooperate more closely with Romania on improving TB services “WHO/Europe will strengthen its partnership with Romania to improve the quality and delivery of tuberculosis (TB) services, turn the tide against drug-resistant TB, and accelerate the implementation of structural health system reforms in the country. These were the…

West Cannot Ignore TB Crisis In Eastern Europe, Central Asia

Huffington Post: Tuberculosis: A Crisis in Eastern Europe and Central Asia That the West Cannot Ignore Michel Kazatchkine, U.N. secretary general’s special envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia “…The World Health Organization’s Euro Bureau reports that fifteen countries in [Eastern Europe and Central Asia] are among the…

Tackling TB In India Requires Both Public, Private Sector Engagement

The Hindu: Fighting India’s silent epidemic Soumya Swaminathan, director of the National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis in Chennai, and Chapal Mehra, New Delhi-based writer “Over 60 percent of all Indians seek health care in the private sector, according to India’s last National Family Health Survey. … Even though parallel…

Aidspan Publishes New Issue Of ‘Global Fund Observer’

Aidspan: Global Fund Observer Aidspan, an independent watchdog of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, has published Issue 252 of the “Global Fund Observer.” The newsletter includes several news articles, including one on the Global Fund’s response to the Ebola epidemic (10/2).

Novel Financing Mechanisms Needed To Improve Access To Multidrug-Resistant TB Treatment

PLOS Medicine: Global Financing and Long-Term Technical Assistance for Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis: Scaling Up Access to Treatment Thomas Hwang of Harvard University and the Blackstone Group, and Salmaan Keshavjee of Harvard University and Partners in Health, explore issues surrounding scaling up access to treatment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, including novel financing structures…

The Atlantic Examines Challenges Surrounding TB Vaccine Development

The Atlantic: Toward an Effective Tuberculosis Vaccine “…While we have vaccines to thank for the decline of global diseases like measles and smallpox, vaccination’s role in the worldwide battle against TB has been comparatively minimal. … So, what is it about a TB vaccine that’s had science stymied for over…

Tools Available To Prevent Pediatric Tuberculosis

Huffington Post: The Preventable Disease We Should All Be Fighting Against Paul Stoffels, chief scientific officer at Johnson & Johnson “Childhood tuberculosis (TB) is a serious problem that has received inadequate attention, in large part because we simply didn’t know the magnitude of the problem. … This is not acceptable,…