International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease

Natural disasters and weak health systems force innovative approaches to delivering TB treatment and care: studies

Saturday, 29 October 2016 (Liverpool, UK) – New research announced today demonstrates the innovation needed to maintain tuberculosis (TB) treatment and care in the face of natural disasters and weak health systems. Studies conducted on TB interventions implemented in the wake of the 2010 Haiti earthquake and the recent West Africa Ebola epidemic, challenges faced in rural areas of China, and new technology used to dramatically reduce stock-outs of essential medicines in Ethiopia were announced today at the 47th Union World Conference on Lung Health, convening 26-29 October in Liverpool, UK.

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Inaugural Session opens the 47th Union World Conference

In the keynote speech at the Inaugural session Stephen Lewis, the co-founder and co-director of AIDS-Free world, gave a fiery and hard hitting speech, including a list of 10 actions needed to eliminate tuberculosis (TB) for good. He said:

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Breakthrough study demonstrates far shorter, more effective treatment for MDR-TB, with majority cured

Final results demonstrated nine-month treatment had 82% success rate, compared with previous standard that required more than 20 months of treatment and achieved cure rates below 55%.

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The Union launches new Training and Education website

Today, the Union launches a comprehensive Training and Education website, unioncourses.org, to provide one central resource for clinicians, programme managers and other healthcare professionals to easily access the full range of courses that The Union has to offer.

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IJTLD November 2016 issue now online

The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IJTLD) is the official publication of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union).

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High rate of patients cured of MDR-TB in landmark study: final results to be announced at the 47th Union World Conference on Lung Health

Paris, France, Tuesday, 11 October 2016 – The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) today announced that the final results of a landmark  study on a shortened drug treatment regimen for patients living  with Multidrug–Resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) will be released at the 47th World Conference on Lung Health, convening 26-29 October 2016 at  The Arena and Convention Centre (ACC) in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

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Survey reveals action needed to reduce TB stigma in Zimbabwe

The Union Zimbabwe office has been involved in conducting a survey measuring knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) on TB in communities across the country. The results point to an overwhelming need to increase awareness and understanding of the disease.

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Experts call for action against food- and animal-borne TB

Leading veterinary experts and authorities from global public health, animal health and agriculture organisations have published the first-ever call to action against animal- and food-borne TB in humans.

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Desk guide for diagnosis and management of TB in children

The Union has published the third edition of Desk Guide for Diagnosis and Management of TB in Children.

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September 2016 issue of Public Health Action now online

Public Health Action is the free access, online journal of The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. The journal focuses on tuberculosis, lung health, non-communicable diseases and related public health issues.

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