Tag Archives: MDR-TB

As WHO TB report shows 3 million undiagnosed and cites drug-resistance “public health crisis,” physicians urge Obama to increase funding

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Three million people sick with tuberculosis go undiagnosed each year, while failures to address strains of disease that don’t respond to drugs constitute a public health crisis, according to the World Health Organization’s just released 2013 Global Tuberculosis Report. While the report cites progress in continued drops in TB incidence and deaths, it emphasizes that […]

Budget cuts endanger the CDC’s Tuberculosis Research Program

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The following is a guest post by Coco Jervis, senior U.S.and global policy associate Treatment Action Group , the science-based treatment advocacy organization. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 8.7 million people became sick with tuberculosis in 2011, and more than 1 million are expected to die of the disease this year alone. […]

Legislators to Shah: Really? Cuts to TB, HIV efforts aren’t a problem?

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In the budget-cutting environment that characterizes the current Congress, it is not often you will see legislators from both parties urging a foreign aid director to voice the need for more funds, but that is what happened last week. While members of Congress emphasized during hearings last week the importance of robust U.S. support for […]

WHO’s TB chief: ‘We have to be bold’

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Dr. Mario Raviglione has been the director of the World Health Organization’s Stop TB Department since 2003. He spoke with John Donnelly about his frustrations with detecting cases of multidrug-resistant TB as well as with delays in accomplishing widespread availablity of the GeneXpert machine, which can detect drug-resistant TB in two hours, compared to two […]

Analysis looks at fiscal savings, human toll

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Unless Congress finds ways to lower the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion in the next five months,  the law passed last year mandating across-the-board cuts to nearly all budget items will reduce current global health spending by about 10 percent of its current level, an analysis by the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) estimates. The […]

In Nepal, a new TB challenge

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KATHMANDU, Nepal – In a walk-up doctor’s office, off a busy street in Kathmandu, Dr. Dirgh Singh Bam sees patients every day in relative anonymity. His walls, though, reveal a history of being in the limelight: plaques and ribbons and framed photographs covering every inch, highlighting Dr. Bam’s efforts in leading Nepal’s TB control program […]

Viet Nam Hosts Stop TB Partnership Coordinating Board–Showcases Progress in Fighting TB and HIV/TB Co-Infection

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This post is by Global Center Director Christine Lubinski. Viet Nam was an fitting spot for last week’s meeting of the Stop TB Partnership Coordinating  Board, since the country’s anti-TB efforts demonstrate both the challenges and the potential for progress in  combating this deadly disease. Viet Nam’s Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Health welcomed members […]

WHO Regional Director for Africa Discusses Abuja Declarations

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This post is by the Global Center’s Rabita Aziz.   Dr. Luis Sambo, the World Health Organization’s Regional Director for Africa, spoke to global health professionals and African diplomats today at an event sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), about progress made toward achieving goals in the Abuja Declarations made roughly […]

XDR Becoming More Resistant: "We Will Run Out of Letters Soon"

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Last week, the Global Center released a new issue brief on drug-resistant TB to mark World TB Day. Included in the brief was this interview with Dr. Sarita Shah, who recently presented new research showing that strains of extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB) in Tugela Ferry, South Africa, are becoming more resistant. Tugela Ferry is ground […]

Doing TB Diagnosis With Shopkeepers and Bicycles? Not a Sustainable Strategy

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There were plenty of frightening statistics and unsettling trends highlighted at today’s World TB Day briefing on Capitol Hill. But one photo captured the true scope of the problem in scaling up diagnosis and treatment of the global TB epidemic. Celine Gounder, MD, an IDSA member and TB/HIV specialist at Johns Hopkins University, described a […]