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South Africa launches its new National Strategic Plan on HIV, STIs and TB, 2012–2016

On World AIDS Day, 1 December 2011, the President of the Republic of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma, officially launched the new South African National Strategic Plan (NSP) on HIV, STIs and TB, 2012–2016.

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Molecular test for TB works best combined with sputum smear

A rapid molecular test for tuberculosis (TB) endorsed last year by the World Health Organization turns out to be most accurate and economic when it's used in combination with sputum microscopy, a new study from South Africa shows.

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New tests for latent TB may be unreliable in pregnancy

More research is needed "before the tuberculin skin test is abandoned for screening of latent TB infection in pregnancy," the authors say.

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Rwanda: Media urged to intensify reporting on tuberculosis

The call was made by Malick Kayumba from Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC), during a training session that brought together journalists from various media houses especially, reporters on health issues.

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Estonia: MDR-TB Central no more

TARTU, Estonia – It is cold and rainy here these days. It turns dark by 3:30 p.m., and people turn inward, going inside for light and warmth. For those working against tuberculosis in this university town in southern Estonia only 40 miles west of Russia, winter isn’t kind. TB is an airborne contagion, spreading through coughs or sneezes, and the risk of contracting it increases when people spend more time in close quarters.

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End-of-year message from Dr Lucica Ditiu, Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership

Dear friends, colleagues, partners,

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Vitamin D and tuberculosis

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In the fight against AIDS, TB and malaria, we should be dealing a knock-out blow, not lowering our guard

The announcement by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria that it has to cancel its new round of funding applications could hardly have come at a worse time. For me, as for thousands of other health workers at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and elsewhere, it feels like a punch in the face. Just when years and years of hard work bring hope that we can push back the three diseases that kill millions every year, funding dries up. With little room for manoeuvre in their fight against AIDS, TB and malaria, ministries of health in the hardest-hit countries may see hard-earned progress disappear.

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Scientists develop animal model for TB-related blindness

Working with guinea pigs, tuberculosis experts at Johns Hopkins and elsewhere have closely mimicked how active but untreated cases of the underlying lung infection lead to permanent eye damage and blindness in people.

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Namibia: TB patients out in cold

Close to 600 tuberculosis (TB) patients will be out in the cold by the end of this month as Penduka Namibia shuts its doors because funding has died up.

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