Brief news reports on Tuberculosis

U.S. Senators urge Trump administration to commit to ‘meaningful engagement’ during UN High-Level Meeting on TB

Office of U.S. Senator Todd Young: Young, Brown Lead Senators in Urging Administration to Invest in Efforts to Defeat Tuberculosis

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European Union Standards for Tuberculosis Care - 2017 update

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Respiratory Society (ERS) have developed 21 patient-centred standards to guide clinicians and public health workers in their work to ensure optimal diagnosis, treatment and prevention of tuberculosis (TB) in Europe. In 2017, the European Union Standards for Tuberculosis Care (ESTC) were updated to incorporate the most recent technological developments and international recommendations for TB diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

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ECDC and WHO Regional Office for Europe TB fact sheet 2018

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe released a fact sheet, providing basic information on TB in the WHO European Region ahead of the UN High-Level Meeting on TB to be held on 26 September.

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Global Fund partnership has saved 27 million lives

PARIS, 12 September 2018 – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria released a report today demonstrating that 27 million lives have been saved by the Global Fund partnership. The report shows tremendous progress that has been achieved by efforts to end the epidemics, while highlighting new threats.

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Ending TB will take lower drug prices and a new, improved innovation ecosystem

The United Nations “high-level meeting” on tuberculosis will take place in less than a month and the political declaration that emerges from it will, for better or worse, shape the global response to the world’s deadliest infectious disease for years, perhaps decades, to come. There is a very real risk that the declaration could undermine, rather than improve, access to medicines for the more than 10 million people who fall ill with tuberculosis every year. To prevent this from happening, we must distinguish disagreements that are honest from those that are dishonest.

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Scientists develop new drug treatment for TB

Scientists at The University of Manchester have developed the first non-antibiotic drug to successfully treat tuberculosis in animals.

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TB symptom screen less likely to detect active TB in people taking HIV treatment

The four-symptom screen for active tuberculosis (TB) that is recommended for all people living with HIV in lower-income settings is less likely to detect active TB in people taking antiretroviral therapy (ART) and may be improved by the additional use of a chest x-ray, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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South African Deputy President reaffirms determination to end TB by 2030

Deputy President David Mabuza on Friday (September 7) reaffirmed the government’s determination to end tuberculosis (TB) by 2030.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina must continue the fight against HIV/AIDS, TB without Global Fund’s aid

Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) can remain a country with the lowest HIV rate in Europe and sustained reduction of tuberculosis levels only if full implementation of the transition from international funding towards sustainable domestically owned HIV and TB responses is ensured. But, international funding from the Global Fund to Fight HIV/ AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria is ending this year.

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Complete makeover in fight of multidrug-resistant TB

Montreal, – Several new medicines have been found to be more effective than traditional ones used to treat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), according to a new international collaborative study led by Dr. Dick Menzies, senior scientist at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in Montreal. These findings precipitated a complete overhaul of worldwide TB treatment guidelines, with the results of this work published today in the British medical journal The Lancet.

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