Daily Archives: November 1, 2010

Guest post: “Treating MDR-TB is imperative”

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This is a guest post by two doctors with vast experience in treating multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), Drs. Salmaan Keshavjee and Paul Farmer. Farmer is co-founder of Partners In Health and Keshavjee has treated MDR-TB patients through Partners In Health programs for the last decade. Until three months ago, Keshavjee was the chairman of the Green Light Committee of the Stop TB Partnership, which oversaw the distribution of second-line TB drugs to countries. They wrote this post in response to an interview on Science Speaks with Dr. Ezekiel “Zeke” Emanuel, a senior Obama administration official at the Office of Management and Budget. (Emanuel’s interview can be found here.)

IDSA’s 48th Annual Meeting: South African Physician Offers Update on Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis from One of the World’s Highest Burden Countries

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Dr. Andreas Diacon from Stellenbosch University in South Africa offered an update on MDR and XDR Tuberculosis from his vantage point as a clinician and researcher in South Africa.  One percent of the South African population is diagnosed with active tuberculosis every year—a huge disease burden.  He noted that when they are able to treat […]