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 […]

48th Union World Conference: Ukrainian policymaker takes on tuberculosis

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Serhiy Kiral, a young Ukrainian member of parliament, describes himself as part of the new guard of Ukrainian policymakers elected after 2013. They are policymakers who are inexperienced,  ambitious, optimistic, and open to innovation and to working with civil society he said, at a session here Thursday. But, he said, it is […]

48th Union World Conference: “Children have the same rights as adults to benefit from tuberculosis care and research”

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Pediatric TB physician Dr. Jeffrey Starke described a dismal reality as he opened his talk here in the opening conference session: One million children around the world becoming sick with tuberculosis each year, more than 200,000 of them dying, each year. “A preventable, treatable disease,” he said, “that is not being treated, […]

Can bringing TB services to patients find cases?

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – The thorny challenge of finding as many as 4 million patients with active TB thought to be missed each year will be a key theme of this week’s Union World Conference on Lung Health and was highlighted here today in the World Health Organization’s TB symposium.  With the goal of “meeting patients […]

What we’re reading: Treatment is prevention, TB is a priority, welcome words and more

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“This means that people who take ART daily as prescribed . . . and achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting the virus to an HIV-negative partner . . .” With these words the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention effectively put on the record a truth […]

MAP-IT tool helps make decisions on childhood TB interventions investments

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The following is a guest post by Olivia Burrus, Allyson Drew, Emily MacGuire  of RTI International and Irina Usherenko of TB Alliance Childhood TB is a major issue, infecting up to one million children each year. The good news is that there are several effective diagnostic, treatment, and prevention strategies that can have a major […]

WHO report highlights need for new TB drugs

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 “An analysis of the antibacterial clinical development pipeline, including tuberculosis” finds development falling short especially for tuberculosis . . . Report finds second-line treatment regimens for TB already compromised, evidence of increasing transmission of multi, extensively drug-resistant TB, while lack of economic incentives continue to stall new tuberculosis drug development . . .     […]