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41st Union World Conference on Lung Health, Berlin, Germany.

The TB crisis in children

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The Global Center’s David Bryden reported from the 41st Union World Conference on Lung Health, last week in Berlin.

Tuberculosis is often thought of as a disease that mainly affects adults. However, at the Union World Conference on Lung Health in Berlin, Dr. Anneke Hesseling of the Desmond Tutu TB Centre in South Africa presented some startling information showing that the level of infection among children is actually quite significant, and that TB is an important issue for maternal and child health advocates.

The urgent need for new TB diagnostics

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The Global Center’s David Bryden is reporting from the 41st Union World Conference on Lung Health, this week in Berlin.

The recent article in The New Yorker by Michael Specter, “Letter from India: A Deadly Misdiagnosis,” is required reading for anyone interested in global health, drug resistance and expanding access to affordable tuberculosis services. The problems it reveals, including the irresponsible use of serological testing for TB in India, have been much discussed here in Berlin at the Union World Conference on Lung Health.

TB kills about 900 people per day in India, or about two people every three minutes. And each year there are 99,000 cases of multi-drug resistant TB. Nearly five percent of the incident cases there are HIV-positive.