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Action Is Needed To Prevent The Spread Of TB

The Independent: The return of the plague: We need to act now to prevent tuberculosis from wreaking more havoc Jezza Neumann, filmmaker “…[T]uberculosis (TB) is already hovering in the background of people’s everyday lives. One in three people around the world is carrying the disease… I would love to see…

WHO TB Elimination Strategy In China Helps To Reduce TB Prevalence

VOA News: China Cuts Number of TB Cases in Half “Over the past 20 years, China has slashed its tuberculosis rate by more than 50 percent by broadly applying the World Health Organization’s strategy for TB elimination. Experts say the outcome is proof tuberculosis can be vanquished through an aggressive…

Multidrug-Resistant TB Poses Threat To Europe

Reuters: Europe failing to tackle drug-resistant tuberculosis “Cases of tuberculosis are falling in Europe but a failure to properly diagnose and treat dangerous drug-resistant strains of the contagious disease means it is far from under control, health experts said on Tuesday. Every day, almost 1,000 people across the 53 countries…

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…

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).

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…

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…

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…

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…