Site provides global view of outbreak preparedness

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In July 2018, the arrival in Lagos, Nigeria of a man sick with Ebola represented a pivotal moment in the crisis that already was ravaging families, communities, health systems and economies across Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. The outbreak of the virus, which had started the previous December, unnoticed by the larger world with the […]

What we’re reading: How to make the most of science, save lives, stop the spread of diseases

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What you need to know about South Africa’s historic liver transplant from an HIV-positive donor – Five years after the HOPE Act in the U.S. opened the way for people living with HIV to be organ donors, and increased the chances that people living with the virus would receive life-saving transplants, physicians in South Africa […]

IDWeek 2018: Global health security is primary mission of CDC, Director Redfield says

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SAN FRANCISCO – Preparing for infectious disease outbreaks with potentially global impacts, both in the U.S. and abroad, must be a permanent and pivotal focus of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said here in a conversation with IDSA President Dr. Paul Auwaerter and HIV Medicine Association Chair Dr. Melanie […]

Fighting TB starts with data

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The following is a guest post by Stephanie Mullen, DrPH, and Jim Thomas, PhD of MEASURE Evaluation USAID announced September 26 a new approach to fight tuberculosis: the Global Accelerator to End TB, a business model to treat 40 million people by 2022 through performance-based investments. One of USAID’s initial efforts on this front is […]

Bangladesh, USAID DR TB treatment project shows impacts of community-based approach

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A project that shifted treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis from overburdened Bangladesh hospitals to patients’ homes saw time between diagnosis and treatment initiation drop from more than three months to less than a week, reducing risks of the continued spread of the disease, a study reported in Global Health Science and Practice found. In the process, researchers […]

IDWeek 2018: Strengthen role of pharmacists in combating AMR, researchers say

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SAN FRANCISCO – Recognizing the role of pharmacists and increasing opportunities for their clinical training are critical for successful implementation of Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs in Latin America, a Colombian infectious diseases researcher said here on Saturday. While the majority of hospitals have multidisciplinary staff, pharmacists are often not part of the medical care team, Dr. […]

IDWeek 2018: Stronger political will needed to end TB, says infectious diseases expert

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SAN FRANCISCO – The UN High Level Meeting on Ending Tuberculosis targets on TB detection, treatment and prevention, along with targets on increasing funding for responses and research, are the right ones to end the epidemic by 2030. But without stronger political will – particularly from countries with the highest burdens of tuberculosis – the […]

IDWeek 2018: Astronaut discusses effects of space travel on human health

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SAN FRANCISCO – What are the effects of radiation on microbiome samples for scientific study? How about the effects on the scientists conducting those experiments? How do you conduct infection control when you live and sleep in your lab – all while orbiting 250 miles from Earth? These are some of the questions astronaut and […]

TB High Level Meeting: U.S. announces $35 million for initiative to catalyze funding to eliminate TB

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New York – The U.S. Agency for International Development will reprogram $35 million of existing USAID funding to develop a new business model for catalyzing increased investments for the global tuberculosis response, USAID Administrator Mark Green announced here during the UN High Level Meeting on TB. The Global Accelerator to End TB initiative will help countries […]

TB High Level Meeting: Global leaders pledge to find and treat 40 million people with tuberculosis by 2022

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NEW YORK – Heads of states and ministers of health gathered today at the United Nations General Assembly for the first UN High Level Meeting addressing global tuberculosis with a commitment to finding and treating 40 million people sick with tuberculosis and to preventing the infection in 30 million people by 2022. After months of sometimes […]