Category Archives: TB

ZAMSTAR study: community counseling cheap, effective way to combat TB

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Results released Monday from the Zambia-South Africa TB and AIDS Reduction (ZAMSTAR) program study demonstrate that household counseling – defined as the unpacking of concerns about TB and HIV within households and facilitating prompt diagnosis and treatment – significantly reduced tuberculosis (TB) prevalence. Twenty-four communities across Zambia and South Africa’s Western Cape Province participated in […]

Steps toward integrated TB/HIV advocacy in Kenya

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Evelyne Kibuchi is a senior tuberculosis (TB) advocacy officer at the Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium (KANCO), a national umbrella organization of civil society groups in Kenya that collaborate for resource mobilization for TB and HIV. Kibuchi set the stage for her presentation at the Union World Conference on Lung Health in France on Saturday by […]

Scaling up partnership for TB/HIV integration in the vertical health care system in Ukraine

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Zaheld Islam of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in the Ukraine shared his organization’s work on TB/HIV integration at a Saturday session of the Union World Conference on Lung Health in France.  The Alliance is a Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria sub-grantee in the Ukraine with resources from both TB and HIV grants. […]

Improving quality of coverage of collaborative TB-HIV activities

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An oral abstract symposium featured a number of presentations on this broad topic at the Union World Conference on Lung Health Friday.  What follows is a snapshot of several of them: Successfully tested but not enrolled in HIV care, missed opportunities for TB patients in rural Zambia S. Muvuma reported on a study that followed […]

Gates Foundation lays out revamped TB strategy

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Jan Gheuens, Acting Director of the TB program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) informed a packed audience at the International Conference of Lung Health of key changes in the Foundation’s strategy on tuberculosis.    The goal of the revamped strategy is to accelerate a reduction in TB incidence, which Gheuens described as more […]

Snapshots of community advocacy in high-burden TB countries

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At the Union World Conference on Lung Health Thursday, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria hosted a forum that showcased civil society tuberculosis (TB) advocacy efforts and outlined the Global Fund’s work to ensure the inclusion of civil society in country-level processes related to Fund grant-making.   Jeremiah Muhwa Chakaya from Kenya […]

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 […]

The latest in tuberculosis diagnostics

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Steve Lawn, from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, began his talk on diagnostics for HIV associated tuberculosis (TB) by reminding the audience of the enormous burden of TB in his country where one percent of the population develops TB disease each year. He gave his presentation to an audience at the 49th […]