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New Issue of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has published Issue 30 of its newsletter, the “Global Fund News Flash.” The issue examines efforts to improve prevention, treatment and care for tuberculosis for poor garment workers in Bangladesh. “Bangladesh ranks within the top 10 of the 22 countries considered…

To Continue Progress, African Leaders Must Boost Domestic Health Funding

“In the last 10 years, Africa has transformed itself from the stereotype of a dark continent of death, disease and destruction to one of triumph and growth,” Mustapha Kaloko, commissioner for social affairs for the African Union Commission, writes in a Thomson Reuters Foundation opinion piece. “Today, according to IMF…

Blog Highlights Recent Global Health News, Including Kerry Testimony On Disability Treaty

In a news summary, the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog notes U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry testified last week before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee regarding the Convention of the Rights of People With Disabilities. The blog also highlights a statement from UNAIDS Executive Director Michel…

European Drug Agency Recommends Two TB Drugs For Approval

“European drug regulators gave their backing on Friday to two new medicines for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (TB), an infectious disease that affects some 450,000 people worldwide each year and for which there are few effective treatments,” Reuters reports. “The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said its support for marketing authorizations for Otsuka’s…

Intensified Efforts To Diagnose, Treat TB Needed In Philippines

Following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, “[l]ack of shelter and continued bad weather are leading to widespread acute respiratory infections, which the Philippines Department of Health officials say are becoming the biggest public health threat since the typhoon,” Kari Stoever, vice president of external affairs at Aeras, writes in the…

TB Is An Evolving Threat Globally, In U.S.

In a Newsweek opinion piece, Polly Price, an author and law professor at Emory University, examines the evolving threat of tuberculosis (TB) — “not only in the developing world, but also inside the United States, where the [CDC] recorded nearly 10,000 cases of TB last year.” She highlights the issue…

Controversy Over TB Prize Shows ‘Diplomatic Challenges’ In Combating Disease, WSJ Reports

The Wall Street Journal examines controversy surrounding “the Kochon Prize, a prestigious honor for major contributions to the fight against [tuberculosis (TB)].” The selection committee chose a Tibetan TB program, the newspaper notes. However, the prize recipient must be approved by the WHO director-general, and “the WHO administration, which advises…

Ending TB Deaths Is Vital To Defeating AIDS

“[L]et’s not forget that if the dream of making this the generation that defeats AIDS is to become reality, we must also tackle the leading killer of people with HIV — tuberculosis (TB),” Cheri Vincent, chief of the Infectious Diseases Division at the USAID Global Health Bureau, writes in USAID’s…

Pharmaceutical Industry, International Community Must Place Drug-Resistant TB On Agenda

Writing in The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network” blog, Emily Wise, a doctor volunteering with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan, an area where drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) is endemic, examines the conflict surrounding the treatment of the disease with a drug that can cause depression and suicidal…