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MDR-TB casts a shadow over Russia

Tuberculosis and, in particular, drug-resistant forms of the disease have long been a burden on many countries in Eastern Europe and the Russian Federation is no exception. A video recently produced by Channel 4 News in the UK highlights the growing problem that the country has with multidrug-resistant TB in the general population but also in children and in prisons.

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Moldovan CSOs join together to help defeat TB

On 17th May 2013, seven civil society organisations in Moldova have recently come together to found the ‘National Platform of CSOs active in the field of TB control’. The group was formed in order to ensure that individual organisations working at a community level could harness their collective energy and have a significant positive impact at a national level.

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TB Europe Coalition: Urge your Member of EU Parliament to sign Written Declaration 0007/2013 on DR-TB

Together, let’s use this great opportunity to put TB higher on the political agenda of the EU!

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Azerbaijan achieves some of the best cure rates for drug-resistant TB in prisons

A new film produced for the International Committee of the Red Cross shows how Azerbaijan has managed to achieve some of the best cure rates for multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) in prisons in the former Soviet Union and one of the best worldwide.

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Plight of Romania’s TB fight

The difficulty faced fighting tuberculosis (TB) in Romania has been highlighted this week in a video produced for Al Jazeera. The short but highly informative news item notes how the dual problem of a lack of adequate funding combined with entrenched social stigma make fighting the disease incredibly difficult.

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Tuberculosis: Europe’s ticking timebomb

The TB Europe Coalition calls on the European Commission to increase public health funding to fight resurgence of tuberculosis in Europe and eradicate deadly strains.

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Jorge Sampaio says goodbye to his TB post at the UN, but who is his replacement?

After six years as UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Stop Tuberculosis, Jorge Sampaio’s time has come to an end. In a farewell message Sampaio, who only fully realised the full magnitude of TB when becoming Special Envoy, reminds world dignitaries that:

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Belarus: the world’s highest documented levels of MDR-TB

In 2010, a survey conducted in Minsk, Belarus found that nearly one out of every two (47.8 percent) TB patients had multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB). These were the highest MDR-TB levels ever recorded. In response, the Belarusian Ministry of Health conducted a nationwide survey to better understand drug resistance across the country, as well as the risk factors that lead to MDR-TB.

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New European Committee on DR-TB appoints TB Europe Coalition as Chair

On 4 December, the first meeting of the Regional Interagency Collaborative Committee on TB care and control (RICC-TB) took place in Copenhagen. The TB Europe Coalition had been pushing for the creation of this oversight mechanism for the past few years to make sure a stronger commitment be made in the fight against drug-resistant TB in the European region.

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European Parliament discusses rise of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in Europe

The following post is brought to you by Steve Lewis, the Global Health Advocacy Manager at RESULTS UK, who last week attended a hearing in European Parliament on ‘Funding crisis at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and its impact on EU countries most affected by multi-drug resistant TB, in particular Romania’:

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