Tag Archives: Mario Raviglione

47th Union World Conference on Lung Health: WHO preconference meeting sizes up the challenges, imagines a world without TB

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As a fab 47th Union World Conference on Lung Health comes to Liverpool, session titles and speakers nod to city’s favorite sons, while focus of WHO symposium is global and forward . . . LIVERPOOL, England – Around the last time a new and widely accessible treatment for tuberculosis was being readied for market, the Beatles were making […]

TB trials highlight needs, opportunities

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Two recently announced tuberculosis study results  could change approaches to treatment delivery and development, but only if funding allows the realization of the opportunities they highlight. One of the studies was the REMoxTB trial, which set out to address the desperate need for shorter, simpler routes to cure tuberculosis, by determining if substituting the antibiotic […]

WHO 2012 Global Tuberculosis Report shows uneven progress

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New cases of TB have been falling for several years, while access to care has expanded,  and deaths from tuberculosis have dropped by forty percent since the mid-1990s.  That’s some of the progress highlighted in the World Health Organization’s Global Tuberculosis Report released last week, and it means the target of halving the death rate […]

WHO Report on Drug-Resistant TB Paints Unsettling Picture

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What is more worrisome when it comes to drug-resistant TB: What we do know about the epidemic? Or what we don’t know? The latest World Health Organization report on the epidemic provides plenty of both—some grim facts and some disconcerting question marks.  Take these nuggets: *A shocking 41 percent of countries cannot provide reliable data […]

Public and Private Sector Partners Help to Jump Start Development of New TB Drug Combinations

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This post is by Global Center Director Christine Lubinski. The excitement in the room was palatable today as FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg joined representatives from the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Treatment Action Campaign, and representatives from the pharmaceutical industry to announce a new collaboration to accelerate […]

WHO Report: Progress Made in Treating TB, But Key Challenges Remain

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An estimated 8 million tuberculosis-related deaths have been averted over the last 15 years through aggressive global efforts to combat this ancient and deadly epidemic, according to a new report released today by the World Health Organization.  The epidemiological report, which provides more up-to-date figures than usual, says there were an estimated 9.4 million new […]