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Incorporating Informal Health Providers Into TB Treatment, Care

According to a literature review recently published in PLoS One, informal health providers account for “nine percent to 90 percent of all health care interactions in low- and middle-income countries (depending on the country, the disease in question and the methods of measurement),” Gina Lagomarsino, a principal and managing director at…

Global Coalition Of TB Activists Lends Voice To International Discourse

“The Global Coalition of TB Activists [GCTA] came together at a February Stop TB Partnership meeting in Geneva, [an] announcement says, with the aim of closing gaps that leave those most affected by tuberculosis out of decision making at local, national, and global levels,” the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science…

South Africa To Host Third Global Forum On TB Vaccines

“This week more than 250 scientists, researchers, and tuberculosis (TB) advocates from all over the world will gather in Cape Town, South Africa, at the Third Global Forum on TB Vaccines to share findings and look to the future of TB vaccine research and development,” Tom Evans, CEO of Aeras,…

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…

IRIN Examines Lancet Series On TB

IRIN examines The Lancet series on tuberculosis (TB), saying that authors writing in the collection of articles note that investments in TB since 1993, when the WHO declared the disease a global emergency, “have led to the most promising pool of new tuberculosis drug and vaccine candidates in more than 40 years,…

Integration Of TB/HIV Services Necessary To Beat ‘Twin Epidemics’

Swaziland “is struggling to overcome twin epidemics of HIV and tuberculosis (TB),” UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé writes in the Huffington Post “Healthy Living” blog. “Here in Swaziland, more than three-quarters of TB patients are also living with HIV, and TB is the leading cause of death among people with…

Lancet Series Examines Tuberculosis

“To commemorate World TB Day 2013, the Lancet Infectious Diseases publishes a series of papers on tuberculosis, a disease that has long plagued human beings and was declared a global emergency in 1993 by WHO,” the series homepage states. “Without concerted action from political leaders, health policymakers, funders, and others, health…

New York Times Examines Emergence Of XDR-TB In Australia, PNG

“Australia’s first death from XDR-TB — extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, which is nearly incurable — has alarmed health officials and added new heat to a debate over how to treat immigrants with dangerous diseases,” the New York Times reports. “A long string of small Australian islands — bits of what was…

Additional Resources Needed To Stave Off TB Resurgence

The release of new data by the CDC “showing that the number of people contracting tuberculosis in the U.S. has been declining for 20 years … should be good news,” but “as a physician and adviser working to control TB for more than 40 years, I’m more concerned than ever before about our…

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