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45th Union World Conference on Lung Health, Barcelona, Spain

45th Union World Conference on Lung Health: TB activists speak out

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BARCELONA, Spain — At a symposium on Saturday entitled “Community driven solutions: present perspectives and future vision”, four community TB activists shared their goals and challenges as they work to elevate tuberculosis awareness and ensure humane supportive care to patients with tuberculosis. in  Three of the four, came from Fiji, the Ukraine, the Democratic Republic of the […]

45th Union World Conference on Lung Health: South African health minister proposes 90-90-90 — and one more 90 — goal for TB

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BARCELONA, Spain —  “It seems as if we have grown accustomed to TB and ready to accept that human suffering associated with it,” remarked Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, minister of health for South Africa during a plenary talk at the World Conference on Lung Health on Wednesday.  Dr. Motsoaledi wears another important hat these days in […]

45th Union World Conference on Lung Health: TB and pregnancy study shows threats to mothers and infants

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BARCELONA, Spain –  At a symposium on Thursday on the intersection between tuberculosis and maternal and infant health, Adrie Bekker presented disturbing findings from a study looking at outcomes for pregnant women with tuberculosis who came for care at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa.  Over the course of a year, clinicians identified 74 maternal […]

45th Union World Conference on Lung Health: TB kills more people every day than Ebola has killed to date says British MP Nick Herbert

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Barcelona, Spain — “TB kills more people every day than Ebola has killed to date,” UK Parliamentarian, Nick Herbert said in a plenary address at the Union Conference on Wednesday. “If this disease had re-emerged in the West, we would now have a vaccine and better drugs,”  said the man who formed an all-party parliamentary […]

45th Union World Conference on Lung Health: MSF finds deadly gaps in responses to drug-resistant TB

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BARCELONA, Spain — Wrong-headed policies and practices and serious gaps in care for drug resistant TB are fueling a worldwide public health crisis, said Médecins Sans Frontières in a new report, Out of Step, released today at the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health. The report surveys eight countries, India, Uzbekistan, Russian Federation, Myanmar, Brazil, South […]

45th Union World Conference on Lung Health: Plenary speakers push for patient-centered bold goals to end TB

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Barcelona, Spain — Wednesday evening’s opening provided a mix of activists, prestigious health ministers and parliamentarians all of whom called for bold action to eliminate the toll of death and illness associated with the world’s longest standing infectious disease — tuberculosis. Activists from South Africa and Los Angeles led the list of prestigious speakers by detailing the […]

45th Union World Conference on Lung Health: Alarm Bells about TB and Diabetes

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BARCELONA, Spain –  The opening press conference of the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health highlighted a new report calling for international action against the latest co-epidemic, tuberculosis and diabetes. With alarming similarities to the deadly synergy of HIV/TB, the intersection between tuberculosis and diabetes compromises treatment outcomes for both diseases, Dr. Anthony Harries told a packed […]