Monthly Archives: October 2017

What we’re reading: The global gag rule gets a check-up, TB in India, and reconsidering HIV prevention

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Dear Secretary Tillerson – When Secretary of State Rex Tillerson testified before Congress last spring, he promised an examination in six months time of the Global Gag Rule, which, under a vast expansion under President Trump, lifts funding from foreign nongovernment organizations if they provide counseling, information, referrals or services to terminate pregnancies. We’ve heard […]

WHO 2017 TB Report: Progress, funding, health coverage all fall short of need to confront impacts of disease

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In 2016, an estimated 10.4 million people worldwide got sick with tuberculosis, and, although the majority of deaths from the disease can be prevented by early diagnosis and treatment,  1.7 million people died of the illness. Only 13 percent of children who should have received preventive treatment to keep them from getting sick with tuberculosis […]

48th Union World Conference: Mozambique community-based group extends TB, HIV outreach

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – In Mozambique, a country where the burden of HIV and tuberculosis coinfection is high, a community-based organization is bringing services home in an effort to protect people living with HIV from dying of tuberculosis. Working with local health care facilities, and community-based counselors, ADPP works to identify household contacts and sexual partners of […]

Joined efforts to combat infectious disease threats are proactive, capable, and inclusive 

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The following is a guest post by Farley Cleghorn, Anita Bhuyan, Jabulani Nyenwa, and Scott Moreland of Palladium Health, finance, agricultural ministers and others gather this week in Kampala, Uganda, for the 4th Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA High-Level Ministerial Meeting. Participants will take stock of progress and chart future directions for country, regional, and […]

48th Union World Conference: “While these drugs are new to the TB world, they’ve been around for a long time . . .”

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At a conference focused on “Accelerating toward elimination” attention turns again to stalled rollouts of the most promising medicines and regimens GUADALAJARA, Mexico – A tuberculosis survivor from India whose treatment spanned six years asked “Now that there is an alternative, why are we refusing to use these drugs?” A South Africa TB survivor explained how […]

What we’re reading: Who?! for WHO goodwill ambassador? new routes to UNAIDS data and the costs of fighting, neglecting HIV

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Director General rescinds Goodwill Ambassador appointment – These days we’ll take what we can get in good news for global health progress. So while the bad news is that World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made the astonishing selection of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe for WHO Goodwill Ambassador for noncommunicable diseases in Africa, the […]

48th Union World Conference: “I truly believe this is a remarkable opportunity for TB”

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United Nations 2018 High-Level Meeting on TB opens chance to turn promises, evidence into “tangible results” leaders here say GUADALAJARA, Mexico – If you’re a TB advocate you have to be an opportunist. If anyone is ready to listen to you, you have to grasp the opportunity to explain how, while tuberculosis kills more people […]

48th Union World Conference: New vaccine needed to eliminate TB, researchers say

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – For all the emphasis on new tuberculosis treatments and repurposed drugs to meet the World Health Organization’s End TB goals at the Union World Conference on Lung Health, one elusive tool remains the missing piece in achieving the goal of eliminating TB: an effective vaccine that provides long-term protection. Without that, United […]

48th Union World Conference: Good participatory practice guidelines come to TB vaccine development

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Describing the value of working with funders, sponsors, industry partners, governments and community members during all stages of tuberculosis vaccine research and development, the Good Participatory Practice Guidelines for TB Vaccine Research released the first day of this conference is the latest step in a movement to ensure those most affected by […]

48th Union World Conference: Sex workers and drug users with HIV in rural Kenya have high death rates from tuberculosis

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Targeted and prompt TB screening and HIV treatment provision are lacking GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Despite a decrease in the numbers of TB cases reported in Kilifi, a rural county in Kenya along the Indian Ocean, deaths from tuberculosis were on the rise. At a Friday session here, Kenyan researcher Osman Abdullahi described an analysis of […]