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Six highlights from a week of important TB developments

Researchers, policymakers and activists gathered in Hyderabad, India for the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health, held on 30 October – 2 November 2019.

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Boosting host immune defenses to treat TB

Current treatment regimens for Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), the causative agent of tuberculosis, are long, complex, and hard for people to sustain. Moreover, the bacteria often develop drug resistance, and many people harbor multi-drug-resistant strains. In 2018 alone, nearly 1.5 million people died from tuberculosis worldwide.

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Aidspan publishes new issue of ‘Global Fund Observer’

Aidspan: Global Fund Observer

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Time to lower the price of Xpert cartridges to US$ 5

Advocates request Cepheid immediately reduce the price of Xpert tests to US$ 5, inclusive of service and maintenance; the company responds they are “not able to predict the amount of further reductions or when they may be available.”

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The Union's newsletters

The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) released its October 2019 newsletter, presenting the initiatives and activities carried out during the month, including a message from the Executive Director José Luis Castro ahead of the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health.

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Survivors Statement

Presented in the Opening Ceremony of the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health by survivor Nandita Venkatesan.

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Stop TB Partnership at The Union Conference

The Stop TB Partnership released an overview of its participation in the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health (The Union Conference).

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New open access online course in TB prevention launched at Union World Conference

The course, launched today (October 31) during a press conference on TB prevention, is entitled Prevent Tuberculosis: Management of TB Infection. The completely open access and online training programme is geared towards national TB and AIDS programme staff and clinicians, including paediatricians, pneumologists, general practice physicians, clinical officers, nurses and paramedical staff, and other health care workers involved in TB services.

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Roundup of WHO events around the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health

The World Health Organization (WHO)'s Global TB Program released a newsletter presenting the WHO events around the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health.

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The U.S. government and global TB efforts

Kaiser Family Foundation released an updated fact sheet explaining the U.S. government’s role in addressing global TB, including the history of U.S. involvement and funding trends.

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