Author Archives: Christine Lubinski

48th Union World Conference: Review finds missed opportunities for preventive therapy for children with HIV in Swaziland

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – While the vulnerability of children with HIV to tuberculosis has prompted World Health Organization guidelines recommending TB preventive therapy for children with the virus who are over a year old, a review of patient data across 10 years at a Swaziland center providing care to about a fifth of all children with […]

48th Union World Conference: Mozambique community-based group extends TB, HIV outreach

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – In Mozambique, a country where the burden of HIV and tuberculosis coinfection is high, a community-based organization is bringing services home in an effort to protect people living with HIV from dying of tuberculosis. Working with local health care facilities, and community-based counselors, ADPP works to identify household contacts and sexual partners of […]

48th Union World Conference: Sex workers and drug users with HIV in rural Kenya have high death rates from tuberculosis

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Targeted and prompt TB screening and HIV treatment provision are lacking GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Despite a decrease in the numbers of TB cases reported in Kilifi, a rural county in Kenya along the Indian Ocean, deaths from tuberculosis were on the rise. At a Friday session here, Kenyan researcher Osman Abdullahi described an analysis of […]

48th Union World Conference: Ukrainian policymaker takes on tuberculosis

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Serhiy Kiral, a young Ukrainian member of parliament, describes himself as part of the new guard of Ukrainian policymakers elected after 2013. They are policymakers who are inexperienced,  ambitious, optimistic, and open to innovation and to working with civil society he said, at a session here Thursday. But, he said, it is […]

48th Union World Conference: “Children have the same rights as adults to benefit from tuberculosis care and research”

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Pediatric TB physician Dr. Jeffrey Starke described a dismal reality as he opened his talk here in the opening conference session: One million children around the world becoming sick with tuberculosis each year, more than 200,000 of them dying, each year. “A preventable, treatable disease,” he said, “that is not being treated, […]

Can bringing TB services to patients find cases?

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – The thorny challenge of finding as many as 4 million patients with active TB thought to be missed each year will be a key theme of this week’s Union World Conference on Lung Health and was highlighted here today in the World Health Organization’s TB symposium.  With the goal of “meeting patients […]

Senate funding committees vote to boost NIH, global TB investments, maintain global and domestic health funding

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Senate appropriators today rejected budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration and voted to increase funding for biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health by $2 billion while maintaining current funding for virtually all global and domestic health programs. With details on the particulars still sketchy, the funding subcommittee appears to have rejected cuts […]

IAS 2017: Expanded treatment guidelines expand access to many without harms to those already in care in Zambia

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PARIS – Expanding treatment eligibility under new treatment guidelines in Zambia led to increases in initiation, retention and the percentage of people in care without negative effects on those already in care, a presenter from CIDRZ, the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia, said today. Aaloke Mody was presenting the findings from a study […]

IAS 2017: Protests take the stage

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PARIS – It wouldn’t be a conference without a protest. For that matter, there wouldn’t be conferences, if there hadn’t been protests. A proud tradition continues here this week, with protesters Tuesday surrounding Global Fund Interim Director Marike Wijnroks as she offered opening remarks at a session with the theme “Treat All.” Raising signs exhorting: […]

IAS 2017: X-DR TB emerges in 1990s in South Africa fueled by HIV

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PARIS – Extensively drug resistant tuberculosis emerged and was widely transmitted in South Africa long before it was spotted by public health surveillance efforts, and at least a decade earlier than the first reported outbreak in 2005, a  presentation Monday showed. The start of the spread was , concurrent with the steep rise in both HIV and […]