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Continued Work Needed In Vaccine Development

Reflecting on World Immunization Week, April 21-28, Angeline Nanni, director of market access at Aeras, discusses the “remarkable results” of expanded immunization programs in a guest post on the Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs” blog. “Immunization has saved the lives of more children than any other medical intervention in the…

Al Jazeera Programs Examine Vaccine Funding, Efforts To Fight Malaria, TB, HIV

Al Jazeera’s “Inside Story” on Friday examined whether funding and political will can keep pace with efforts to vaccinate every child worldwide. The 25-minute video program, “with presenter Shiulie Ghosh, discusses with guests: Kate Elder from Doctors Without Borders; Adel Mahmoud, a global health specialist at Princeton University, and former…

TB Fight Must Break From Status Quo

“As WHO prepares for reform, it is also adjusting to a new financially constrained environment. WHO’s STOP TB department, like others, has to downsize and refocus its activities. With increasing demand for guidance, technical support, and capacity-building in countries, the STOP TB department and partnership will have to do more with less in the future,” a Lancet editorial states.

Lancet Seminar On Tuberculosis

The current issue of the Lancet features a seminar on tuberculosis that “presents current perspectives on the scale of the epidemic, the pathogen and the host response, present and emerging methods for disease control (including diagnostics, drugs, biomarkers, and vaccines), and the ongoing challenge of tuberculosis control in adults in…

MSF Website Lends Voice To TB Patients

“Medecins Sans Frontieres, whose volunteer doctors run TB clinics around the world, has launched a website called TB and Me, where patients are regularly blogging on their experiences,” Sarah Boseley writes in the Guardian’s “Global Health Blog.” Bloggers from Australia, India, Uganda, and Swaziland currently write for the site, which…

BRICS Health Ministers Agree To Improve Access To Low-Cost Medicines

Health ministers from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa in Beijing “on Monday vowed to improve access to low-cost and high-quality medicine – and called on developed nations to shoulder responsibility in helping the poor,” Agence France-Presse reports (7/11).

Global MDR-TB Response Has Been Slow, Report Says

A report (.pdf) released recently and compiled by the Treatment Action Group, Medecins Sans Frontieres and Partners In Health says that international efforts aimed at scaling up treatment of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) have been slow due to weak government action, low funding and a “sluggish response by international support mechanisms,” BMJ News reports.

WHO To Warn Against Use Of TB Blood Test

The WHO on Sunday said it will release a guidance later this week on widely used blood tests for tuberculosis (TB), warning “against using such tests for the infectious lung disease that affects some 14 million people worldwide” because they can produce incorrect results, the Associated Press/Washington Post reports.

USAID Releases New Issue Of Frontlines

The June/July issue of USAID’s Frontlines focuses on climate change, including an article on how Kenyan farmers are adapting to environmental changes. The issue also includes articles on how the search for an HIV vaccine has boosted African research and on the introduction of the GeneXpert tuberculosis test in Central…