Category Archives: TB

Stigma surrounding tuberculosis keeps patients from services, worsens health risks, but remains largely unmeasured, unaddressed

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Interviews in Kenya, Tanzania and Namibia health facilities found that the more staff knew about patients’ rights, the likelier they were to recognize — and report — discrimination against people with tuberculosis. A study in Lesotho found links between stigma surrounding HIV and TB and increased rates of depression and alcohol use among co-infected patients. […]

48th Union World Conference: Minimally invasive autopsies could fill in the blanks on causes of death

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – In places where a person can get sick with tuberculosis but never get diagnosed, or get diagnosed, but never treated, with their illness never reported, and where a person can die young without ever coming in contact with a health system, the uncertainties surrounding the true impacts of the TB continue all the […]

48th Union World Conference: In the long path to TB care, competence is among the obstacles

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – One after another, patients came to clinics and hospitals in rural China complaining of alarming, nagging and debilitating symptoms. They noted  coughs and fevers that didn’t go away, and that they were losing weight for no apparent reason. Their symptoms should have sounded familiar in the health centers of a country with […]

48th Union World Conference: Review finds missed opportunities for preventive therapy for children with HIV in Swaziland

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – While the vulnerability of children with HIV to tuberculosis has prompted World Health Organization guidelines recommending TB preventive therapy for children with the virus who are over a year old, a review of patient data across 10 years at a Swaziland center providing care to about a fifth of all children with […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]