Brief news reports on Tuberculosis

Wanted: Better, safer, cheaper TB drugs

The 42nd Union World Conference on Lung Health, focusing on tuberculosis (TB), HIV, tobacco control and non-communicable diseases, is currently being held at Lille from 26-30 October. Lille is the place where Professors Albert Calmette and Camille Guerin developed the current TB Vaccine BCG 90 years ago at the Institut Pasteur de Lille. Researchers and other experts from more than 100 countries are attending this 5-day conference, which has the theme of "Partnerships for Scaling-Up and Care". The conference is organised each year by the 91 years old organization International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), which is headquartered in Paris with 13 additional offices worldwide and members from 150 countries.

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Pakistan: Tackling the burden of TB

PUNJAB, 28 October 2011 (IRIN) - Pakistan has intensified efforts to contain tuberculosis (TB), which affects about 17,000 people, making the country sixth among nations with the highest burden of disease, according to officials.

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Improving quality of coverage of collaborative TB-HIV activities

An oral abstract symposium featured a number of presentations on this broad topic at the Union World Conference on Lung Health Friday.  What follows is a snapshot of several of them:

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Gates Foundation lays out revamped TB strategy

Jan Gheuens, Acting Director of the TB program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) informed a packed audience at the International Conference of Lung Health of key changes in the Foundation’s strategy on tuberculosis.   

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Snapshots of community advocacy in high-burden TB countries

At the Union World Conference on Lung Health Thursday, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria hosted a forum that showcased civil society tuberculosis (TB) advocacy efforts and outlined the Global Fund’s work to ensure the inclusion of civil society in country-level processes related to Fund grant-making.

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Bees help in the battle against tuberculosis

It's no surprise bees have extraordinary noses, since they can detect pollen from a mile away.

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Zimbabwe: Funding threatens HIV/TB fight

Government has been urged to urgently address funding woes for the health sector in the wake of drastic cuts in the Global Fund for the Round 11 disbursements and postponement of initiating dates.

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WIPO Re:Search launched

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in an unprecedented collaboration with leading pharmaceutical companies and BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH), launched today WIPO Re:Search, a new consortium where public and private sector organizations share valuable intellectual property (IP) and expertise with the global health research community to promote development of new drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics to treat neglected tropical diseases, malaria, and tuberculosis.

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Drug-resistant tuberculosis could bring back sanatoria

(CAPE TOWN, South Africa) -- Before the advent of antibiotics, people with infectious diseases like tuberculosis were sent to sanatoria -- secluded hospitals that healed through good food, fresh air and sunlight.  The isolated buildings also quarantined infected patients, thwarting the spread of contagious and dangerous diseases.

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How well does the GeneXpert rapid TB diagnostic perform among children?

The World Health Organization endorsed the rapid implementation of the GeneXpert MTB/RIF test for rapid tuberculosis detection, multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) and TB in HIV infected individuals in December of 2010 – taking time to diagnosis down to 100 minutes, whereas other tests can take up to three months to deliver results. At that time, however, there was no data available on the efficacy of the test among children.

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