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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Advocates hail South Africa bedaquiline recommendation, replacing toxic injection for patients with drug-resistant tuberculosis

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Medicine represents third choice over “deaf or dead” for many patients, health worker/tuberculosis survivor-founded organization says Praising the treatment policy decision of South Africa health officials to replace painful injections that brought irreversible side effects to many tuberculosis patients whose disease was resistant to first line treatments with a newer medicine that had been proven […]

Study finds more than 80 percent of patients needing WHO recommended last resort treatment for drug-resistant TB not getting it

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Roughly four years after the World Health Organization recommended that the newest drugs against tuberculosis be made available to patients for whom they represented a last resort, fewer than a fifth of patients needing them have received them, according to a report in the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. The approvals of bedaquiline […]

Study: Screening malnourished children for TB in high-burden countries would boost detection

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Fewer than half of countries with high rates of tuberculosis incidence surveyed in a recent study have guidelines recommending screening for the disease among children receiving services for malnutrition, even though having those guidelines, increasing case-finding among children, linking them to care, and tracking their contacts could lead to inroads against the leading infectious disease […]

Raise profile, funding of global TB response to match advances seen in HIV, Malaria efforts report says

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Over the first 15 years of this century, as efforts against the “big three” global infectious diseases — HIV, malaria and tuberculosis — accelerated, the numbers of new HIV infections dropped by 32 percent, and the number of deaths caused by the virus declined by 31 percent. Malaria infections dropped by 18 percent, and deaths […]

Stephen Lawn: Brought faith, humor, love for Africa, and unending determination to quest for answers to TB, HIV

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Professor Stephen Lawn, physician researcher, author, and teacher, March 13,1966 – Sept. 23, 2016 It was an expedition across the Sahara desert in the late 1980s, Stephen Lawn said later, that changed the course of his life, to one driven by faith and ultimately focused on fighting the impacts of HIV and tuberculosis. The career […]

WHO recommendations aim to speed diagnosis, treatment of MDR-TB

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The two years of toxic medicines that make up the common course of treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis is so grueling and discouraging, as one Médecins Sans Frontières physician put it, that it causes “teenagers to abandon their ambitions, adults to decide between providing for their family or getting healthy and the elderly to wish for […]

IDWeek: Some progress in TB drug and diagnostic development, but not enough

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The emerging crisis of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis is a “personal and health system catastrophe” that’s occurring half a million times a year in the form of new cases, Eric Nuermberger said at an IDWeek session on HIV-related opportunistic diseases. Not only is it an intensively difficult disease to treat, requiring up to two years of therapy […]