Brief news reports on Tuberculosis

Sign a petition supporting a rights-based approach to TB

A declaration of rights and demand for social and political solutions from people affected by TB at the 2018 Union World Conference on Lung Health.

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Call for membership 2019–2020: Communities Delegation to Global Fund Board

The Communities Delegation to the Global Fund Board is made up of individuals living with HIV, TB and affected by malaria, and its mission is to ensure the voices and issues of people living with HIV, TB and affected by malaria influence the deliberations and decisions on investments and programs of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria to achieve greater and sustained impact for communities.

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Final Political Declaration now available online

The final text of the Political Declaration from the UN High-Level Meeting on TB is now available online in English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, and Spanish.

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TB Europe Coalition: Four vacancies

The TB Europe Coalition is looking to fill four new positions:

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Urgent need to address the Global Fund procurement cliff for TB

Activists urge the Global Fund and donors to take prompt action to address the grave risks posed to countries that are rapidly shifting from pooled procurement of TB medicines and commodities.

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Integrating HIV treatment and TB preventive therapy greatly improves IPT adherence

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – When tuberculosis preventive therapy is delivered with HIV treatment services and patients get a choice in where they access treatment, completion of tuberculosis preventive therapy rises, helping to ensure people living with HIV stay healthy, researchers said here. This model of prevention should be scaled up in TB-HIV high burden settings, researchers said.

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90 percent of participants in short-course XDR-TB regimen cured after six months

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – New results from the ongoing Nix-TB trial continue to confirm a short-course treatment regimen of bedaquiline – one of the two newest drugs to treat TB in half a century – linezolid and pretomanid offers a significantly improved treatment option for people infected with drug resistant forms of tuberculosis, researchers said here.

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WHO at the Union World Conference on Lung Health

The 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health, held from 24-27 October in The Hague brought together an unprecedented number of stakeholders from the TB community and beyond. The World Health Organization (WHO) organized several meetings and consultations on the side-lines of the conference.

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Study shows movement, evolutionary history of TB in China

A genetic scan of a massive number of samples taken from tuberculosis patients across China has shown a surprising genetic uniformity: just two “strains” of the tuberculosis bacterium account for 99.4 percent of all cases.

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Pulmonary TB can be cured with shorter treatment, study finds

Almost half of the nearly 10 million patients with active tuberculosis each year could potentially be cured with significantly shorter treatments than current guidelines recommend, a new analysis from UC San Francisco has found. The results suggest targeted therapies could be more effective in treating TB, which killed an estimated 1.3 million people around the world last year. 

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