Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report

Opinion pieces recognize World TB Day


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Opinion pieces discuss WHO’s exclusion of TB from its Priority list of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

STAT: The World Health Organization made a big mistake on TB. It must fix it

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Kaiser Family Foundation budget summary analyzes global health aspects of President’s FY17 budget request

Kaiser Family Foundation: White House Releases FY17 Budget Request

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White House publishes several documents related to G7 Summit discussions

 

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Gates Foundation to require open access to journal articles on research it funds

Vox: The Gates Foundation pushes to make more academic research free and open to the public

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Blog posts discuss CSIS reports, panel on U.S. TB efforts

The following blog posts discuss the Center for Strategic & International Studies’ recently launched series of reports on U.S. tuberculosis (TB) efforts and a CSIS panel on the issue.

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CSIS releases multimedia, documents on global TB

The following blog posts discuss a recent working group, panel, and reports on global tuberculosis (TB).

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Blogs, publications mark World TB Day

Publications and blogs highlight issues related to the spread of tuberculosis (TB) in advance of World TB Day on Monday, March 24. The Lancet discusses progress made in controlling TB since the the WHO declared it a global health emergency in 1993 (Herbert et al., 3/22). In a post in the BMJ Group Blog, Goodman Makhanda, who lives in South Africa and was diagnosed with XDR-TB last year, and Jennifer Hughes, a medical officer working for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) on TB in South Africa, discuss drug-resistant TB and treatment (3/20). Stacie C. Stender, an infectious disease expert at Jhpiego and vice chair of the Coordinating Committee of Scientific Activities of the International Union Against TB and Lung Disease, examines efforts and challenges in the response to TB in a post on Jhpiego (3/20).

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India President says controlling TB in country necessary for global control

News outlets report on India President Pranab Mukherjee’s comments on tuberculosis (TB) control in India.

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Increased TB incidence In Zimbabwe associated with food insecurity, economic collapse

Results of a study released by the University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health and published in PLOS ONE state that the “rise of tuberculosis (TB) in Zimbabwe during the socio-economic crisis of 2008-9 has been linked to widespread food shortage.” According to the University of Toronto’s press release, “‘This was the first study to detect the recent TB outbreak in Zimbabwe, and the first anywhere to suggest an association between rising TB incidence and national economic decline in the absence of armed conflict,’ said Michael Silverman, assistant professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and senior author of the study. Although the same phenomenon may occur with other infectious diseases, the study focused on TB — one of the largest causes of morbidity and mortality in Zimbabwe, especially among people living with HIV…” (2/5).

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