Brief news reports on Tuberculosis

Smarter research & development to tackle global health priorities

Today, May 15, WHO’s new Science Division launched an online resource to guide the development of new health products for which there are limited markets or incentives for research and development. An essential tool for realizing universal health coverage, the Health Product Profile Directory aims to promote  research and development for products to combat neglected diseases and threats to global health, including antimicrobial resistance and diseases with pandemic potential.

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New study from Access to Medicine Foundation analyses 10 years of data on pharma companies and access to medicine

In a new report the Access to Medicine Foundation shows where pharmaceutical companies have made progress in the past ten years when it comes to access to medicine. It analyses companies’ performances in 106 low- and middle-income countries – home to 83% of all people alive today.

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Mitigating antibiotic resistance in respiratory infections: an expert roundtable

In light of the continued battle against antibiotic resistance, Pulmonology Advisor presents a roundtable interview on the pros and cons of antibiotic therapy in patients admitted to intensive care units with severe respiratory disease.

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Pharmacists can help track TB patients in India

Pharmacists can be crucial in helping track undiagnosed tuberculosis (TB) patients in the country as for most sick patients, they are the first point of contact, a new study published in BMJ Global Health has revealed.

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Breaking the cycle: Paediatric DR-TB detection, care and treatment in Tajikistan

The Tajik Ministry of Health and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) began a comprehensive paediatric tuberculosis (TB) care programme in 2011. The paediatric TB project in Dushanbe aims to decrease the TB morbidity and mortality rates among children and their family members. In 2013, MSF documented this, producing a report about improving paediatric TB care.

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Guidelines nix annual TB testing for most healthcare workers

Healthcare workers should be tested for tuberculosis (TB) when they are hired and should be retested only after an occupational exposure, according to new guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Children with TB: A global public health crisis

WHO estimates that 1 million children become ill with tuberculosis every year, and approximately 230,000 die. Children made up one-tenth of the estimated 10 million people worldwide who developed TB in 2017, but confirming diagnosis in children is challenging, creating critical delays in starting treatment.

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Where should TB research focus?

At the U.N. General Assembly high-level meeting in September 2018, heads of state committed to ending the tuberculosis epidemic by 2030. An agreement was signed at the meeting that promised $2 billion a year for TB research. Infectious Diseases in Children asked two experts — Mario C. Raviglione, FRCP (UK), FERS, Hon RSP (RF), professor of global health at the University of Milan and the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva, and former director of WHO’s Global Tuberculosis Program, and Lisa V. Adams, MD, associate dean of global health at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth — what research should be a priority in an effort to end the global epidemic of TB in children.

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A proposed novel approach to TB drug financing

MANILA — Global health experts will be discussing a novel approach to bring better tuberculosis drugs to the market on Sunday, the eve of the 72nd World Health Assembly.

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WHO reveals Mozambique still listed as having a high TB rate

Mozambique is still on the list of countries classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as having a high burden of tuberculosis, TB/HIV co-infection and drug-resistant tuberculosis.

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