Category Archives: TB

Civil society compiles ‘asks’ for UN AIDS meeting; Orgs urge Obama to personally attend

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A group of national, regional, global and constituency-based organizations have developed a civil society “zero draft” declaration to assist in coordinated advocacy with United Nations (UN) participating governments in advance of the upcoming UN high-level meeting on AIDS.  Organizations intend the draft to be used during negotiations with governments in New York and in the national […]

Civil society speaks out at UN in advance of AIDS high-level meeting

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“This year is a moment of truth in the global AIDS response… We are on the brink of real success but funding has flat-lined,” said United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Friday at an informational interactive hearing for members of civil society in advance of the High-Level Meeting (HLM) on HIV/AIDS, set to take place in New York City June 8-10.

“HIV continues to spread – five people are infected every minute of every day,” Ki-moon said, reflecting on the last high-level meeting on AIDS in 2001, where targets such as universal access to treatment for all HIV-infected persons and the virtual elimination of mother-to-child transmission by 2010 were declared. “The targets we set in 2001 remain valid but the deadlines we set for meeting them have passed…” (Read more)

Expert panel says world TB crisis is far from over

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“Taking medication is not easy. The pills taste bad and they make my stomach upset. After I take them, I don’t like anyone to talk to me. It takes a while before I feel better. I know it is my obligation and responsibility, but how much longer must I take them?”

Those are the words of a nine-year-old multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) patient who passed away shortly thereafter, becoming one of 250,000 children around the world who die of TB every year. They were relayed by Rachel Orduño, a TB patient advocate with The TB Photovoice Project, at a briefing entitled “Accelerating Progress to Combat TB: Innovation and Partnership,”… (Read More)

Improving TB diagnosis in India: What will it take?

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The following is a guest blog post by Dr. Madhukar Pai, a professor and TB researcher based at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He serves as co-chair of the Stop TB Partnership’s New Diagnostics Working Group (NDWG), and as a consultant to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).

Here is a real story that played out in India. 25-year-old Mohan from Chhattisgarh state had been ill with cough, fever, and weight loss for a number of weeks. He had all the classic symptoms of TB when he went to a private doctor in his town for help. The doctor advised him to… (Read More)

A great crisis and greater measures: Transforming the South African health system

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In front of a packed audience at the Kaiser Family Foundation, South African Minister of Health Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi painted a picture of South Africa showing that while significant progress is being made, the war against AIDS is far from over.

In some districts of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province, HIV prevalence is as high as 46 percent. The death rate in the country doubled from 1997 to 2006 – six out of 10 deaths in 2006 were AIDS-related. And maternal mortality is getting worse – 59 percent of women who died during childbirth were posthumously tested for HIV from 2005-2007, 79 percent of those tested were HIV infected. Among HIV-negative women in South Africa, 34 out of every 100,000 live births result in the mother dying. Among HIV-positive women, that number jumps nearly 10 times… (Read More)