World Health Organization

WHO publishes list of bacteria for which new antibiotics are urgently needed

27 February 2017 | GENEVA WHO today published its first ever list of antibiotic-resistant "priority pathogens" – a catalogue of 12 families of bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health.

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WHO survey: Values and preferences for the management of latent TB

The World Health Organization (WHO) is currently developing new guidelines on the management of latent TB infection. The issues covered by the guidelines will include provision of TB preventive treatment for people living with HIV and people who were exposed to a person with active TB disease at home and regimen of preventive TB treatment. 

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WHO establishes Global TB Research Task Force

Geneva, 21 December  2016 - In an effort to accelerate progress towards ending TB, WHO’s Global TB Programme (GTB)  has established the first Global TB Research Task Force.

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WHO: Technical assistance for the strengthening of childhood TB case finding and management in Liberia

The World Health Organization (WHO) is seeking a paediatrician with expertise in childhood tuberculosis (TB) for Liberia to facilitate (i) review of diagnostic practices in-country and confirmation of diagnostic algorithms; (ii) development of training materials on childhood TB and (iii) indicators for childhood TB case findings, treatment success and preventive chemotherapy (IPT) with annual targets up to 2020.

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WHO: The use of delamanid in the treatment of MDR-TB in children and adolescents: Interim policy guidance

Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is a public health challenge of growing concern. Approximately 580 000 people acquired MDR-TB in 2015, with children accounting for close to 30 000 of MDR-TB cases.

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WHO Global TB Symposium

This year’s Global TB Symposium, organised by the World Health Organization (WHO) focused on the value of exploring the latest data on tuberculosis (TB) under the theme of Know Your Epidemic: Driving Change to End TB.

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WHO launches a global database for aDSM

The Global TB Programme and the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases at the World Health Organization launch a global database for active TB drug safety monitoring and management (aDSM). Countries are now invited to contribute data to the global database.

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Global TB report 2016

WHO report warns global actions and investments to end TB epidemic are falling far short.

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WHO launches Target Regimen Profiles for TB treatment

The new profiles seek to guide the drug/regimen development process, enabling important drug and regimen features to respond to the needs of end-users, care providers and policymakers.

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WHO recommends new TB test

Robust, rapid DNA-based test can serve as an alternative to sputum smear microscopy.

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