Monthly Archives: March 2013

Acting globally and locally –TB community activists form worldwide coalition

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A group of tuberculosis community activists is taking their quest for representation in responses to TB global, joining efforts across borders to make their voices heard, an announcement this week says. The Global Coalition of TB Activists came together at a February Stop TB Partnership meeting in Geneva, the announcement says, with the aim of […]

Prison condition improvement bill seeks to address health and human rights abuses hidden behind walls

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In the golden era of global health, prisons have long occupied a hidden parallel world, a big dirty secret, so to speak, where in cells so overcrowded that inmates sleep standing, diseases are inescapable, medical care and nutrition are far beyond reach, sanitation is nonexistent and justice is a dream. “Most people know little if […]

Congress finalizes FY 2013 budget with PEPFAR cut, Global Fund boost

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The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief  took a hit while the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria got a boost last week when the House and Senate passed a Continuing Resolution bill to avoid a government shutdown and continue funding the government through Oct. 1, the end of fiscal year 2013. The […]

Study: In Malawi lifelong antiretroviral treatment for expectant moms “translates into saving more than 250,000 maternal life years”

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One or two years ago, the idea was radical for low-resource settings: Provide antiretroviral treatment for life for all women who were pregnant and HIV positive, thus protecting the health not only of the infants on the way, but of their future siblings, and of the mothers themselves, as well as their partners. Since 2010 […]

TB Week: What We’re Reading is all about tuberculosis — the impact on children, a manifesto, upcoming films, trends in the US and more . . .

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We can heal: The title of this story compilation from 30 children grappling with tuberculosis in 30 countries, are the words of a girl in Colombia, who recovered from the disease but lost much of her hearing to the treatment. The stories and photos of children losing their health, youth, and lives to a preventable […]

TB Week: Tuberculosis control in India — time to think beyond DOTS

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In the week leading up to International Tuberculosis Day, which commemorates the discovery by Robert Koch of the cause of the disease in 1882, Science Speaks will look at issues, events and efforts to confront this lasting and global health threat. Today’s guest post by Dr. Madhukar Pai looks at the need for an evolving […]

TB Week: Integration, involvement, a “holistic” approach key to linking women and tuberculosis care

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When a week of events focusing on the worldwide impact of tuberculosis brings together a group to talk about women’s health and diplomacy, it needs to be a broad-based group, and it was. For a start, the talk at the Washington Club in Washington, DC was sponsored by The Center for Global Health and Diplomacy, […]

TB Week: Survivors and allies recount illness, treatment, and loss

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In the week leading up to International Tuberculosis Day, which commemorates the discovery by Robert Koch of the cause of the disease in 1882, Science Speaks will look at issues, events and efforts to confront this lasting and global health threat. When South African nurse Pat Bond got sick in 2010, doctors treated her for […]

TB Week: U.S. Senators, Ambassador visiting Haiti prison see interaction of justice and health

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In the week leading up to International Tuberculosis Day, which commemorates the discovery by Robert Koch of the cause of the disease in 1882, Science Speaks will look at issues, events and efforts to confront this lasting and global health threat. Recently, Science Speaks reported on a WHO bulletin that pointed to the impact of […]

Building health capacity through service, a doctor’s vision becomes a partnership

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This is what it looks like when the a country has no more than two or three doctors, and, at best half a dozen nurses, for every 100,000 patients: Sick people don’t come for care until they are very sick, if they come at all. When they arrive they can look forward to spending the […]