Daily Archives: October 26, 2011

U.S. government urges Amercians to donate to crisis in Horn of Africa, spread the word

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U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Director Rajiv Shah hosted a press conference Wednesday at the White House announcing a new aspect of their “Famine, War, Drought” or FWD campaign – together with the Ad Council and other partners – to bring visibility to the challenges taking place in the Horn of Africa and inviting […]

How well does the GeneXpert rapid TB diagnostic perform among children?

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 The World Health Organization endorsed the rapid implementation of the GeneXpert MTB/RIF test for rapid tuberculosis detection, multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) and TB in HIV infected individuals in December of 2010 – taking time to diagnosis down to 100 minutes, whereas other tests can take up to three months to deliver results. At that time, however, […]

Challenges in TB preventive therapy in children in Ethiopia

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Impossible to conduct contact tracing in a war setting, TB culture services precarious

The World Health Organization (WHO) and most national tuberculosis programs (NTPs) recommend contact tracing, including the children in the household, and call for provision of isoniazid preventive therapy (IPT) for asymptomatic children less than five years old for at least six months. Nevertheless there is a major gap between policy and practice…

International TB meeting addresses TB in women and children

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Katherine Floyd from the World Health Organization (WHO) kicked off an all-day symposium on TB and women and children at the Lille, France meeting of the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease by summarizing WHO’s latest global TB report with an eye to looking at women and children. There are significant data challenges to evaluating […]