Brief news reports on Tuberculosis

Commonwealth Secretariat “well-placed” to fight tuberculosis

Experts in tuberculosis (TB) have said that the Commonwealth Secretariat is well-placed to provide leadership in strengthening public awareness of the disease, which can be fatal if left untreated.

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UNAIDS: Letter to partners

Read the 2012 letter to partners from UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé.

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Tuberculosis seen on the rise in Hungary

Cases of tuberculosis are on the rise not just in the developing world but also in Hungary.

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Twin testing for TB/HIV would boost HIV diagnoses in India

Testing all clinic patients for HIV when they get tested for tuberculosis in India’s Mandya district would increase the HIV case-finding rate 51%, according to results of a 1668-person study.

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A low CD4 cell count, weight and haemoglobin can identify which HIV-positive patients are more likely to have undiagnosed TB

Undiagnosed tuberculosis (TB) is common among patients receiving routine HIV care in South Africa, a study published in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes suggests, reinforcing World Health Organization guidance regarding routine screening of people with HIV for TB.

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The voices of TB

Former tuberculosis (TB) patients from around the world  offered a unique glimpse at the impact of the disease on individuals, and the toll it takes on family and friends, by telling their personal stories at an event hosted by The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in late March to honor World TB Day.

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Stop TB Partnership and Community Representatives join forces to turn up the volume on TB Global Fund

The Stop TB Partnership and the Communities Living with HIV, Tuberculosis and affected by Malaria Delegation of the Global Fund has agreed to strengthen partnership, collaboration and networking.

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Towards TB elimination: ECDC and ERS introduce new guidelines on tuberculosis care in Europe

ECDC and the European Respiratory Society (ERS) have developed 21 patient-centred standards that aim to guide clinicians and public health workers in their daily work to ensure optimal diagnosis, treatment and prevention of tuberculosis (TB) in Europe.

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WHO/EU “bad medicine” plans: flaws, coordination gaps

The latest World Health Organization / European Union plans to counter the trade in counterfeit and substandard medicines aim to ensure that medicines in the developing world are safe. As such, though both plans appropriately address quality issues, they fall short of adequate coordination and collaboration with each other, and also present substantial flaws.

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New initiative launched to deliver better, cheaper medicines to Africa

The need to ensure that people in Africa have access to essential, high quality, safe  and affordable medicines has just received a major boost with the launch of the East African Community (EAC) Medicines Registration Harmonization Project in Arusha, Tanzania, on 30 March 2011. 

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