Category Archives: TB

Concurrent treatment for HIV/TB co-infection breaks up “deadly alliance”

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In a continuation of World TB Day coverage, the following guest post from study authors Martha Priedeman Skiles and Stephanie Mullen tells how current data from Ukraine show promise for patients co-infected with TB and HIV.  By Martha P. Skiles and Stephanie Mullen, MEASURE Evaluation Although tuberculosis is a curable disease, it has devastating consequences on public […]

TB survivors from Indonesia, Tajikistan, South Africa tell stories of unique challenges, common ordeals, and continued toll

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A South African nurse described the shame and denial that complicated her treatment for tuberculosis. An Indonesian mother of three recounted the months of debilitating treatment and isolation during which she considered suicide. A man from Tajikistan told how he completed treatment for multidrug-resistant TB the month he lost his second brother to the disease. […]

From calls to action to ambitious new plans, the global health community commemorates World TB Day

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Increasing Access to Child-Friendly TB Treatment: The TB Alliance announced today a partnership with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to include the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric TB in UNICEF child and maternal health programs around the world. It’s estimated that every year over half a million children suffer from TB and as many as […]

MSF: More than a quarter of MDR-TB cases in Swaziland not caught by “front line of defense” in fighting the disease

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The nonprofit medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières is recommending that all patients in Swaziland who have tested positive for TB, but rapid molecular testing has found negative for drug-resistance undergo further testing, following findings that a mutation has made more than a quarter of multidrug-resistant strains undetectable by the widely used test. MSF, its […]

TB advocates call on organizations, leaders to work together, speed access to existing treatments for drug resistant tuberculosis

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They would like an answer on March 24 When World TB Day next Tuesday commemorates the discovery in 1882 of the bacteria that causes the disease, announcements and op-ed pieces will note the progress that has been made since, and will certainly call for more. A group of 89 organizations that last week sent a […]