Category Archives: TB

Health workers face tuberculosis risks up to three times those of general population, while infection control, worker protections lag

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The devastation of the last two years of the Ebola crisis in West Africa was made all the more daunting by a predictable aspect of its toll. The health workers who represented the best hope of controlling the outbreak were also at the greatest risk of illness and death. By the dwindling days of the […]

As U.S. sees first rise in TB cases since early ’90s, World TB Day offers forum to count costs of missed opportunities

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Generally World TB Day is meant to commemorate progress, and the opportunities to conquer an ancient disease that opened when physician scientist Robert Koch identified the bacteria that causes it more than 130 years ago. This year, though, the day also offered a glimpse of what happens when progress stands still. The short answer: The […]

World TB Day 2016: CDC’s Shannon Hader on leadership against an epidemic

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The following is a guest post from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Global HIV and TB, with answers to questions on the global tuberculosis pandemic and responses from Division Director Shannon Hader. TB is one of the world’s oldest diseases, yet it continues to kill millions of people each year. […]

Access to medicine, diagnostics and human rights . . . We’re reading how to fight TB

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Just 2 percent of people with the severest cases of drug-resistant TB currently have access to new, more effective treatments that could save their lives – Remember the excitement a couple of years back when the first new kinds of drugs to treat TB to be developed in half a century were approved? When delamanid […]

Battling TB and other outbreaks “staff, stuff, space, and systems ” still lacking

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Paul Farmer first saw multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in the early 1990s in Haiti, from where he smuggled a patient’s sputum sample to test for drug resistance in Boston. Months later, Partners in Health co-founder Dr. Jim Kim with other colleagues discovered a cluster of fifty MDR-TB patients in a squatter settlement of 100,000 in Lima, Peru. […]

Survey shows Xpert TB diagnosis costly, out of reach in countries where private care predominates

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Patients in the highest tuberculosis-burden countries who primarily rely on the private sector for their healthcare needs do not have access to the GeneXpert MTB/RIF diagnostic test for drug-resistant tuberculosis, according to a new study published in The Lancet. And if they do have access, the people who most need the test can’t afford it. Researchers […]

USAID announces new partnerships to combat MDR-TB at White House plan launch

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At last week’s launch of the National Action Plan for Combating Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis, the U.S. Agency for International Development announced expanded partnerships with Janssen, the maker of bedaquiline, the first tuberculosis drug to be produced since the 1950s, and Cepheid, maker of the GeneXpert rapid diagnostic test for drug-resistant tuberculosis. Janssen, the pharmaceutical branch of […]

MDR-TB national action plan raises questions on targets and funding

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After waiting months for the White House’s release of the National Action Plan for Combating Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis, TB advocates are asking why the plan isn’t more ambitious (considering some of the plan’s milestones are already close to being reached), and whether the Obama Administration will propose enough funding to put the plan into action. The alternative, they […]

White House releases plan to combat MDR-TB at home and around the world

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With the acknowledgement that tuberculosis that is not effectively confronted anywhere poses threats to public health both globally and domestically, the White House today released a plan setting specific treatment and disease impact targets in the U.S. and abroad as well as goals to build collaborative international responses and capacities to fight the disease. The […]

WHO’s new TB research framework to help high burden countries take leadership

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To develop tools to meet the goals set out in the World Health Organization End TB strategy, which includes reducing tuberculosis incidence by 80 percent and deaths by 90 percent by 2035, last week the WHO announced the launch of a global action framework for tuberculosis research. The framework outlines steps at global and national […]