Category Archives: TB

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]