Despite uncertain funding, the Global Fund Board has decided to issue a call for proposals for Round 11, which will launch on Aug. 15, 2011 with a submission due date for applicants of Dec. 15, 2011. The board recently concluded its 22nd meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria. This is a later launch date than health advocates […]
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Wednesday its support of the Xpert MTB/RIF for rapid diagnosis of tuberculosis, multidrug resistant TB (MDR-TB) and TB in HIV-infected individuals. The results of the test demonstration study were announced in September of this year in the New England Journal of Medicine, producing results for many patients in approximately 100 minutes. Current test could take up to three months.
“The Xpert MTB/RIF is a revolutionary technology that could allow TB programs in resource-limited settings to leapfrog from 19th century microscopic techniques to 21st century rapid molecular assays,” said Celine Gounder, MD, ScM, from the Center for Tuberculosis Research at Johns Hopkins University…
Some disappointing news has emerged from the Technical Review Panel (TRP), the body of experts that considers requests for resources from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.
Only 44 percent of the HIV proposals submitted for Round Ten were successful. In a pattern consistent with previous rounds, the TB proposals and the malaria proposals were much more successful, 54 and 79 percent respectively. (Note: These figures include resources for crosscutting health systems strengthening.)