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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 […]

Health workforce report feels like Groundhog Day for global health

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The following is a post by Frontline Health Worker Coalition chair and Save the Children Child Survival Campaign Chief Mary Beth Powers, that appeared Monday on the Frontline Health Workers Coalition blog as a reaction piece to the Global Health Workforce Alliance and World Health Organization report estimating a current shortage of 7.2 million health […]

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 […]

World Hepatitis Day brings progress, setbacks, protests, and a petition

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Sunday is World Hepatitis Day, and publications, protests and petitions are highlighting issues surrounding an epidemic traditionally shrouded in silence that affects more than 500 million people worldwide. The good news comes with Prevention and Management of Hepatitis C Virus Infection Among People Who Inject Drugs: Moving the Agenda Forward, a supplement to Clinical Infectious […]

WHO guidance on first new TB treatment in five decades offers hope, emphasizes monitoring

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WHO cites need to prevent new drug resistance, protect first treatment advance in more than 40 years The World Health Organization’s release this week of  interim policy guidelines on the use of bedaquiline  for treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis  offers hope to patients and their physicians running out of options to treat the disease, but the […]

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 […]

Blueprint: Dr. Myron Cohen on treatment as prevention and other essential elements of a global AIDS plan

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Dr. Myron S. Cohen is the architect and principal investigator of the multinational HPTN 052 trial, which demonstrated that antiretroviral treatment prevents the sexual transmission of HIV-1. This work was recognized by Science Magazine as the “Breakthrough of the Year” in 2011. His research focuses on the transmission and prevention of transmission of HIV, and […]

WHO documents summarize current guidelines, progress, next steps, and pitfalls

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Remember when one of the objections to rolling out life-saving treatment to people living with HIV in developing countries was that lack of capacity to maintain treatment would lead to drug resistance on a massive scale? While that didn’t happen at the scary levels projected, the transmission of drug resistant strains of HIV continue to […]

Researchers, actress agree: Following past lapses, future in TB, HIV prevention promising, challenging

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In the giddy talk of a turning tide and the chance for an “AIDS-free generation,” a look at the recent history of responses to tuberculosis, the science surrounding that disease as it stands now, and what, after a period of premature complacency in the middle of the last century, yet is to be done to […]

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 […]