Tag Archives: XDR 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

CDC looks at TB/HIV syndemic, Lancet looks at expectations for Jim Kim, studies look at lower HIV risks for gay fathers, importance of healthy vaginas, and more. . .

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CDC’s Grand Rounds feature examines past, future of HIV/TB response: In a world where an estimated 160 people die of tuberculosis every hour, where 25 percent of HIV/AIDS-related deaths are caused by TB, and where 9 million people can be expected to develop the disease each year, while untreatable forms of infection have emerged, “much […]

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 […]

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 […]

WHO Report on Drug-Resistant TB Paints Unsettling Picture

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What is more worrisome when it comes to drug-resistant TB: What we do know about the epidemic? Or what we don’t know? The latest World Health Organization report on the epidemic provides plenty of both—some grim facts and some disconcerting question marks.  Take these nuggets: *A shocking 41 percent of countries cannot provide reliable data […]