Ahead of the U.N. High Level Meeting on AIDS, the Stop TB Partnership released five guidelines aimed at preventing tuberculosis, which results in one in four AIDS-related deaths, the U.N. News Centre writes.
In a New England Journal of Medicine opinion piece, Peter Hotez of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and colleagues, including Jeffrey Sachs of the Earth Institute of Columbia University, outline how integrating treatment of neglected tropical diseases (NTD) into HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria control efforts could speed up progress toward attaining the sixth Millennium Development Goal.
The May 26 issue of Nature explores vaccines, which the journal says “are responsible for some of the world’s greatest public health triumphs.” Though new vaccines for deadly diseases have been developed in the past 10 years, and more are in development, “funding is tight, and unfounded doubts about the safety of vaccines persist.” The issue features stories on polio, measles, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, as well as issues surrounding vaccine rejection and hysteria about risk (5/26).
IRIN examines tuberculosis among health care workers in Kenya, where “[s]afety equipment â€“ including protective masks and proper waste disposal facilities â€“ are rarely available in rural centres, something health workers say must be addressed urgently.”
“Health officials on Monday celebrated a faster treatment for people who have tuberculosis but aren’t infectious, after investigators found a new combination of pills knocks out the disease in three months instead of nine,” the Associated Press/Seattle Times reports (Stobbe, 5/16).
A wide variation in the dosages and forms of medicines prescribed by private physicians to patients with tuberculosis (TB) in developing countries could lead to the development of more drug-resistant strains of the bacterial infection, according to a study published online Wednesday in PLoS One, the Financial Times reports (Jack, 5/4).
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UNITAID Has Raised $2B Through Airline Tax Since 2006, Could Be Model For G20 Development Funding, UNITAID Chair Says
UNITAID, an international drug financing program established to help fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in developing countries, has raised about $2 billion since 2006 through taxes on airline tickets in 15 countries, Philippe Douste-Blazy, chair of the UNITAID executive board, told reporters in Washington on Wednesday, Agence France-Presse reports. According to Douste-Blazy, UNITAID’s experience could provide a model for G20 development funding efforts.
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Now Is The Time For International Community To Rid World Of TB In a U.S. News & World Report opinion piece, African Health Ministers Aaron Motsoaledi of South Africa, Mphu Ramatlapeng of Lesotho, and Benedict Xaba of Swaziland call upon the international community to join with them in the fight…
Several media outlets report on findings published in this week’s issue of JAMA, which focuses on infectious diseases and immunology.