Category Archives: TB

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 […]

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 […]

45th Union World Conference on Lung Health: Alarm Bells about TB and Diabetes

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BARCELONA, Spain –  The opening press conference of the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health highlighted a new report calling for international action against the latest co-epidemic, tuberculosis and diabetes. With alarming similarities to the deadly synergy of HIV/TB, the intersection between tuberculosis and diabetes compromises treatment outcomes for both diseases, Dr. Anthony Harries told a packed […]

The Global Fund and U.S. direct assistance dominate global TB funding according to new report

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According to “Mapping the Donor Landscape in Global Health: Tuberculosis”, another contribution to a series launched by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and direct U.S. financing constitute 81 percent of global TB assistance and account for more than 75 percent of funding received in every region in […]

Report from Maputo: Snapshots of TB/HIV efforts in Zambia, Zimbabwe

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Zambia:  TB Control Pilot generates recommendations In 2010 a Human Rights Watch report charged the Zambian prison system with severe overcrowding, gross human rights violations and conditions that perpetuate infectious diseases, notably tuberculosis. The report led to a partnership between the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia with funding from the President’s Emergency Plan […]