Brief news reports on Tuberculosis

Reported tuberculosis in the United States, 2010

In 2010, the reported number of TB cases decreased slightly from the previous year.  In 2010, there were 11,182 reported TB cases (3.6 cases per 100,000 persons) compared to 11,537 reported TB cases from 2009. TB case totals are now at the lowest number recorded since national reporting began in 1953.  Yet, even though reported TB cases reached all-time lows in the United States, there are still disproportionately higher rates of TB among racial/ethnic minorities, especially U.S.-born blacks. TB rates are higher for some racial and ethnic groups, probably because a greater proportion of people in these groups have other risk factors for TB.

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The Global Fund Board cancels Round 11 and introduces tough new rules for grant renewals

Financial difficulties have caused the Global Fund Board to cancel Round 11. This difficult decision was made at a stressful two-day Board meeting just concluded in Accra, Ghana. The Board also announced new rules for grant renewals in an attempt to find savings that can be applied to funding new proposals.

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The Global Fund adopts new strategy to save 10 million lives by 2016

ACCRA, Ghana – The Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has adopted a new strategy which commits the institution to work with implementing countries and partner organizations to sustain and accelerate gains in the fight against the pandemics. The Global Fund aspires to contribute substantially to international goals by saving 10 million lives and preventing 140 180 million new infections from AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria from 2012 to 2016.

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MSF response to Global Fund Board meeting

November 22, 2011 -- Because donor funding for global HIV/AIDS and the Global Fund has been declining, the Fund is in the most dire financial situation it has ever seen since its creation ten years ago. As a result, the Global Fund board today decided to effectively cancel its 11th funding round due to lack of resources – an unprecedented act in its history.

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UNAIDS releases latest AIDS report

On Monday the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) released a new report on the state of global AIDS, which shows that nearly half of people living with HIV/AIDS who qualify for treatment are receiving it.  The 2011 UNAIDS World AIDS Day Report estimates that 6.6 million of the estimated 14.2 million people eligible for treatment in low and middle income countries accessed antiretroviral therapy (ART) in 2010, in increase of 1.35 million since 2009.  The report also highlights that there are early signs that show scaling up ART is reducing the number of new HIV infections.

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Doha+10: MSF asks, what’s next for TRIPS and health?

For Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF, or Doctors Without Borders), the 10th anniversary of the Doha Declaration on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) and Public Health marks an opportunity to look forward.

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Vietnam aims to reduce TB patients by half in 2015

HO CHI MINH CITY, Nov 23 (Bernama) -- Vietnam will aim to halve the number of tuberculosis (TB) patients by 2015, towards achieving a goal of eliminating the disease in 2030.

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Resistant TB from inappropriate treatment

Results of a systematic review and meta-analysis lend further weight to the role of inappropriate treatment in the rise of multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB).

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Uganda ranks among countries with high TB rate

With 102,000 new cases every year, Uganda is ranked sixteenth out of the 22 countries with the highest burden of tuberculosis (TB).

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TB/HIV activities: A look at Cambodia

Dr. Mean Chhi Vun, director of Cambodia’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Dermatology and STDs (NCHADS), offered an exciting progress report to the TB/HIV Working Group of the Stop TB Partnership at their meeting last week in Beijing, including representatives from tuberculosis (TB) and HIV programs in China and elsewhere in the Pacific region.

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