Monthly Archives: March 2014

Harm reduction features in drug policy debate but not United Nations commission session

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When Ambassador William Brownfield spoke at the recent 57th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, he laid out four basic principles of international drug policy. In short, they were to: Defend the existing three international agreements (made between 1961 and 1988) on control of narcotic use and trafficking, Interpret those with flexibility […]

USAID details TB work, results, continuing challenges in “Impact and Leadership” for 2013

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By the time Azmara Ashenafi’s multidrug-resistant tuberculosis was diagnosed, she had been wasting away, coughing and running fevers for three years. She had been on ineffective treatment for six months. Her three-year-old son had drug-resistant TB as well. The story of the young Ethiopian mother is highlighted in USAID’s Fiscal Year 2013 report, Impact and […]

TB briefing highlights need for progress, continued pediatric gap in treatments

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Dr. Raj Taneja knows tuberculosis treatment from two sides. About 30 years ago he was a multidrug-resistant tuberculosis patient, treated with drugs, he says,”we shudder to think of today.” Today Taneja is senior director for the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development. He cites progress made since his days as a patient to support his […]

TB in children: Overlooked, undiagnosed and underestimated — continued neglect adds up to lost lives, missed opportunities

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Two years ago, a Comment in Lancet‘s 2014 Tuberculosis edition points out, World TB Day focused on childhood tuberculosis, with good reason. When correctly diagnosed, children with multi-drug resistant TB have better odds of being cured than adults. Effective efforts to screen and diagnose children also can serve as sentinel surveillance, leading to better tuberculosis […]

To address TB, address social causes, say Pan-American health leaders

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When Dr. Jarbas Barbosa’s father practiced in Brazil decades ago, patients begged him to diagnose them with cancer, rather than tuberculosis. Back then,TB was worse than cancer. Now, Brazil is one of many countries in the Americas that have reached the Millennium Development goal of halving TB incidence, ahead of schedule. Barbosa, who is the […]

Uganda anti-homosexuality law ramifications and consequences unfold in “complicated” relationship with US

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Human rights responses not “mutually exclusive,” State Department says The question was: How would the decision to send increased United States military support to Uganda to track down human rights violator and warlord Joseph Kony affect the United States review of aid to the country where Parliament and President just approved their own human rights […]

World TB Day Edition of What We’re Reading

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Treatment Action Group releases policy brief on US investments in tuberculosis research and development: A policy brief released by TAG today argues  that decreasing US investment in TB research adds to the public health threat posed by TB to the United States and has already stalled the development of better and faster-acting treatment.  Thanks to stagnant […]

Tuberculosis control needs a complete and patient-centric solution

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The following is a guest post by Madhukar Pai of the McGill International TB Centre, Prashant Yadav of Montreal & Stephen M. Ross School of Business, and Ravi Anupindi of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Whether it is mobile phone service or vacation travel, good businesses know that success depends on providing a complete and customer-centric solution. Should patients with tuberculosis […]

Looking ahead to World TB Day, how Uganda’s anti-homosexuality law threatens everyone, and more in What We’re Reading

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Accelerating the response to TB: Where we are and where we’re going – In this article published ahead of World Tuberculosis Day on March 24, Stacie Stender, an infectious disease expert with Jhpiego, calls for an accelerated global response to TB, which continues to kill over a million people each year, despite being “a disease […]