Tag Archives: TB

45th Union World Conference on Lung Health: Alarm Bells about TB and Diabetes

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BARCELONA, Spain –  The opening press conference of the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health highlighted a new report calling for international action against the latest co-epidemic, tuberculosis and diabetes. With alarming similarities to the deadly synergy of HIV/TB, the intersection between tuberculosis and diabetes compromises treatment outcomes for both diseases, Dr. Anthony Harries told a packed […]

With MDR, XDR TB growing, risk response needed for students, researchers, healthworkers, ASTMH 2013 Conference speakers say

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Dr. Edward Nardell of Harvard Medical School was sitting in his office one day when a student called to ask if he had any advice on how to avoid contracting drug-resistant tuberculosis. The student was heading to KwaZulu Natal, where rates of drug-resistant tuberculosis are among the highest in the world, and where the student’s […]

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 […]

U.S. to host Global Fund replenishment meeting in December

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Secretary of State John Kerry announced today at the United Nations General Assembly meeting that the next replenishment meeting of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria will be held in Washington D.C. around World AIDS Day in December. With the United Kingdom’s recent announcement that they will double their current commitment to […]

Heading to Africa . . . we’ll send postcards and bring back stories

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Center for Global Health Policy staff will leave for a week in Zambia and South Africa tomorrow. Hosting four congressional staffers, we’re heading to two places hit hardest by HIV and tuberculosis: Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, and Durban. Each country has important stories to tell about the impact of these health crises and the […]

Study: PEPFAR focus countries saw significant impact on TB sickness and deaths

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With tuberculosis both the most common opportunistic illness and leading cause of death for people living with HIV, the connection between the two diseases has been documented and observed. What has been less documented is the impact of increased HIV responses on tuberculosis rates in countries hard hit by both epidemics. Now, a study in […]

Senate follows House with President’s global HIV funding number, beats their TB number

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Today the Senate Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations followed the House’s example by adopting the President’s fiscal year 2014 funding request for global HIV/AIDS programs, allocating $4.02 billion for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and $1.65 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria.  The bill also provides $330 […]

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 […]

A modest proposal and mixed messages, treatment for mothers, and counting TB

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After filling our heads with numbers this week in the wake of the Obama administration’s release of its FY 14 budget request, we’ll keep it simple, with a picture that’s worth a thousand words, some recent pieces that remind us of what the fraction of a percent of the budget spent on global health can […]

Prison condition improvement bill seeks to address health and human rights abuses hidden behind walls

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In the golden era of global health, prisons have long occupied a hidden parallel world, a big dirty secret, so to speak, where in cells so overcrowded that inmates sleep standing, diseases are inescapable, medical care and nutrition are far beyond reach, sanitation is nonexistent and justice is a dream. “Most people know little if […]