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Senate extends PEPFAR, while funding remains a question

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With a matter-of-fact and unanimous approval of the PEPFAR Extension Act of 2018, a five-year renewal of the U.S. flagship program to combat HIV globally, the U.S. Senate Wednesday evening showed that what was once considered revolutionary, can now be considered routine. Perceptions that efforts to stop the spread of an incurable virus across countries […]

WHO 2018 Malaria report finds increased cases amid stalled responses

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Declining rates of malaria infection and deaths since 2010 are leveling off, with the highest burden countries seeing increased case numbers, and dropping donor funding, according to the 2018 global report on Malaria from the World Health Organization. At the same time, increased parasite resistance to antimalarial medicines in Southeast Asia, and widespread mosquito resistance […]

DRC prison TB outbreak brings conditions, risks to wider community, to light

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At a prison where more than one in five inmates was confirmed to be sick with TB, an outbreak investigation sparked recommendations for reforms With a large stock of soon-to-expire Xpert cartridges, at the end of 2014 the diagnostic laboratory near the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Mbuji-Mayi medium security prison started using the technology for […]

Citing overlooked social, economic, health impacts, study estimates West Africa Ebola outbreak costs at more than $53 billion

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Estimate exceeds previous estimates by more than $20 billion Deaths from non-Ebola causes contributed to highest West Africa outbreak costs, authors say During the 2013 to 2016 spread of Ebola across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, as health systems and health workers were overtaken by the impacts of the virus, about a million fewer children […]

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 […]

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 […]

WHO 2018 global TB report presented as agenda for UN meeting, commitments

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In 2017, around the world as many as 4,000 people died of tuberculosis on any given day. That added up to an estimated — give or take several hundred thousand lives — 1.3 million people killed by a curable disease. An estimated 10 million people developed tuberculosis — a disease that also is preventable. The […]

Dolutegravir results in low-resource setting highlight benefits

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A standard of care treatment in high-income settings, the benefits of dolutegravir-based treatments for HIV have been clear, with a built-in barrier to the development of drug-resistance, and a less frequent or severe side effects that interfere with staying on a medicine. But the benefits in low-income countries have been harder to assess, with costs, […]

AIDS 2018: Undetectable equals Untransmittable

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AMSTERDAM – A year after activists marched onto the stage of an International AIDS Society 2017 Paris Conference plenary session to unfurl a banner proclaiming “Undetectable = Untransmittable,” the data-backed public health message — U = U — that became a movement was endorsed by past and current presidents of the world’s largest association of HIV […]