Tag Archives: Stop TB Partnership

“Case?” “Suspect?” “Trafficking?” “Industry?” We’re reading guides on how to talk about TB, write about sex work

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Every Word Counts – “One of the most effective tools against tuberculosis is education . . .” This guide to language and usage for tuberculosis communications from Stop TB Partnership is intended to both inform and stimulate discussion around how the disease is discussed, responded to, lived with and survived. With sections on technical language, […]

TB drug approvals, distribution deal inches options forward, but MDR TB treatment access still uncertain where needed most

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Last week’s developments in TB treatment included the announcement that bedaquiline, the currently most promising medicine for multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis, will become available to patients in 130 low- and middle-income countries through the Stop TB Partnership’s Global Drug Facility. That good news for multidrug-resistant TB patients, many of whom have run out of other options, was […]

TB Reach project results show need for new approaches to lift case detection rates

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For a decade and a half after the World Health Organization launched the expansion of directly observed treatment for tuberculosis, strides against the disease, highlighted by a nearly six-fold increase in cases documented, looked promising, an article released Thursday on PLOS ONE notes. But over the last half decade, with efforts largely reliant on “passive […]

Towards Zero Deaths: Roadmap for Childhood Tuberculosis builds on proven steps

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For years the most helpless victims of tuberculosis have also been the least noticed, although they are estimated to comprise up to 10 percent — or more, as they often go uncounted as well — of people sick with the disease worldwide. They are children, younger that 15 years old, whose lives are taken when […]

Report: Economic cost of flatlining HIV, TB, Malaria funds? Millions of lives, billions of dollars. Return on increased investments? Priceless . . .

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Now is the time to step up investments, says report, which pegs costs of stalled HIV prevention at $47 billion, of undiagnosed TB at a million unnecessary deaths, and of malaria prevention and treatment failures at $20 billion lost productivity . . . Citing a need for an estimated $87 billion to countries eligible for […]

Acting globally and locally –TB community activists form worldwide coalition

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A group of tuberculosis community activists is taking their quest for representation in responses to TB global, joining efforts across borders to make their voices heard, an announcement this week says. The Global Coalition of TB Activists came together at a February Stop TB Partnership meeting in Geneva, the announcement says, with the aim of […]

TB Week: Tuberculosis control in India — time to think beyond DOTS

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In the week leading up to International Tuberculosis Day, which commemorates the discovery by Robert Koch of the cause of the disease in 1882, Science Speaks will look at issues, events and efforts to confront this lasting and global health threat. Today’s guest post by Dr. Madhukar Pai looks at the need for an evolving […]

NIH-funded TB drug trial is latest effort to fill treatment pipeline

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A 14-day trial enrolling 75 Cape Town South Africa patients, to see if a new investigational drug lowers tuberculosis bacteria counts represents the latest hope for filling the need for treatment options for the disease, the National Institutes of Health announced this week. The NIH is sponsoring the trial led by Case Western Reserve researchers […]

Blueprint: Plan for HIV must specify TB response

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Dr. Lucica Ditiu, executive secretary of the Stop TB Partnership, began her career with the World Health Organization as a medical officer for TB in Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia working with all institutions involved in TB care, including ministers of health and justice. She directly supported civil society and communities, funding their efforts through a […]

Global Fund TB allocation shows need for work, action, groups say

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When the Global Fund Board released its September meeting “decision points” document on funding allocation methods, it was, watchers noted, a part of a piece of a work in progress. But one decision will hold for the next year, and will impact efforts to roll out advances in tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment — the decision […]