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Global tuberculosis report 2015

The report provides a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the TB epidemic and progress in implementing and financing TB prevention, care, control and research at global, regional and country levels. With 1.5 million people killed by TB in 2014, the disease ranks alongside HIV as a leading killer worldwide. 

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WHO: Checklist for periodic evaluation of TB infection control in health-care facilities

The Checklist focuses on primary and secondary health-care facilitie and is a tool for protecting spread of TB to patients and health-care workers. The Checklist will be included in the WHO Consolidated Guidelines on the use of Antiretroviral Drugs for Treating and Preventing HIV Infection.

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WHO moves to improve access to lifesaving medicines for hepatitis C, drug-resistant TB and cancers

New WHO Model List of Essential Medicines published; After about 45 years of scarce innovation for TB medicines, 5 new products are included in the List. Four of these, including bedaquiline and delamanid, target multidrug-resistant TB.

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WHO report finds systems to combat antibiotic resistance lacking

This survey is the first to capture governments’ own assessments of their response to resistance to antimicrobial medicines used to treat conditions such as bloodstream infections, pneumonia, tuberculosis, malaria and HIV.

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Azerbaijan brings quality tuberculosis care to prisons

Tuberculosis (TB) is a major health problem in many of the world’s prisons: infection rates can be more than 10 times higher than in the general population. Frequently overcrowded and poorly ventilated, many prisons lack early detection and sound treatment programmes to combat the disease – even though many prisoners come from population groups that are already at high risk of TB infection and disease, such as people who inject drugs or are homeless.

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WHO calls on the world to “Gear up to End TB”

As countries mark World Tuberculosis Day on March 24, WHO is calling for “global solidarity and action” to support a new 20-year strategy, which aims to end the global tuberculosis epidemic.

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Joint Partners Forum for strengthening and aligning TB diagnosis and treatment

The Joint Partners Forum for strengthening and aligning TB diagnosis and treatment, which will unite GLI and GDI partners, will be convened at World Health Organization Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland on April 27-30, 2015.

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TB/HIV Research Frontiers Meeting in conjunction with the 22nd Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2015)

The 9th meeting on HIV/TB research in conjunction with CROI 2015 was organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Seattle, USA on February 23, 2015. The meeting was convened by Haileyesus Getahun and Meg Doherty of WHO and chaired by Richard Chaisson of John Hopkins University and Constance Benson of University of California, San Diego. The meeting was opened with remarks from Eric Goosby, the UN Special Envoy on Tuberculosis, who briefly shared his plans to support the advancement of TB research which is now included as one of the three pillars of the WHO’s new End TB Strategy.

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WHO calls for worldwide use of "smart" syringes

23 February 2015 | Geneva - Use of the same syringe or needle to give injections to more than one person is driving the spread of a number of deadly infectious diseases worldwide. Millions of people could be protected from infections acquired through unsafe injections if all health-care programmes switched to syringes that cannot be used more than once. For these reasons, the World Health Organization (WHO) is launching a new policy on injection safety and a global campaign with support from the IKEA Foundation and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to help all countries tackle the pervasive issue of unsafe injections.

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20th Expert Committee on the Selection and Use of Essential Medicines

The deadline for the submission of public comments on applications to be considered by the 20th Expert Committee on the Selection and Use of Essential medicines has been extended until Wednesday 25 February 2015.

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