Brief news reports on Tuberculosis

South Africa: the country where political leadership serves the people

In an unprecedented and historic move, South African Department of Health decided to recommend including bedaquiline as the standard treatment for patients with drug-resistant TB (DR-TB). The country also released data showing that treatment regimens including bedaquiline reduced mortality three-fold compared with those without bedaquiline.

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South Africa makes bedaquiline part of its standard recommended treatment regimen for rifampicin-resistant TB

Global TB CAB welcomes introduction of safer drug for most South Africans with rifampicin-resistant TB; Other countries and the World Health Organization must now follow.

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Treatment Action Group welcomes price reductions for TB medicines

Countries and donors must do more to ensure all people with TB have access; further price reductions for newer medicines required.

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Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health emphasizes the need for a rights-based approach to TB

The Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health releases an open letter and a thematic report drawing attention to key human rights issues in the global struggle to end TB.

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South African President called upon to attend global TB meeting

Civil society groups are calling on President Cyril Ramaphosa to attend a historic global tuberculosis (TB) meeting in September, as a show of political will in ending South Africa’s top killer.

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Webinar on sustainability, transition, and co-financing of health products in English and Russian

The TB Europe Coalition will host a bilingual webinar on 28 June 2018 on the Global Fund's Sustainability, Transition, and Co-Financing (STC) Policy and its impact on the availability of quality, affordable essential TB drugs, diagnostics, and other commodities in the region.

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Debate in UK Parliament: Ending TB

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Tuberculosis organised a debate on TB in the UK Parliament on the floor of the House of Commons on 7 June 2018.

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UN HLM on TB Key Ask 1: 40 million by 2022

One of the main targets for the UN High-Level Meeting on TB (UN HLM on TB) is to get 40 million people diagnosed and on proper TB treatment by the end of 2022.

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USD 31 million saved by GDF through newly-reduced prices for TB medicines

The Global Drug Facility’s reduced prices are immediately available to all programs, regardless of their procurement funding source, including: national TB programs, governments, non-governmental organizations, and others.

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Women & Stigma: Conversations of Resilience in the War Against TB

The Global Coalition of TB Activists launches a book featuring stories of women TB survivors from all over the world.

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