Category Archives: TB

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 […]

TB High Level Meeting: Human rights violations drive TB epidemic, leaders say

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New York – Every aspect of getting diagnosed and treated for tuberculosis violated rights established by the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a former patient said at a side event here Monday. From being denied employment to housing to access to quality care, the patient, Abdulai Sesay said, the TB response in his […]

TB High Level Meeting: Leaders call for commitments, cash and innovation to end global impacts of tuberculosis

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NEW YORK – National leaders gathering here this week should not be thinking about whether they have the money needed to end the global public health threat of TB, South African Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi said Sunday. Rather, he said, they should be asking if they can afford not to act. Motsoaledi was one […]

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 […]

Delamanid delay comes home

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Patient benefits from access to innovative drug that still awaits U.S. approval A note from the field in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report describes the case of a dangerously ill man in the United States. Weak, coughing, and losing weight, with pain in his chest, he was tested for tuberculosis, which it turned […]

TB treatment trial aims to consign lengthier, more toxic regimens to history

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With the enrollment of its first patients in Eastern Europe, the largest trial yet to test a four-drug, four-month treatment regimen against tuberculosis will set out to demonstrate whether fewer medicines, over a shorter length of time can cure nearly all TB patients. The trial, which will launch in Tbilisi, the capital of the country of […]

WHO recommends superior, injection-free regimen for drug-resistant TB

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New, more effective medicines replace painful daily shots, drugs causing psychosis, permanent hearing loss; TB and medical communities welcome change, say recommended drugs must be accessible, affordable Saying rates of cured cases of drug-resistant tuberculosis could be increased with access to an oral regimen of newer, more effective and less toxic medicines, the World Health Organization […]

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 […]