Brief news reports on Tuberculosis

Tackling TB in Moldova: Speranta Terrei and the importance of civil society organisations

The Republic of Moldova has a considerable TB problem. In 2011, out of a population of 3 million, 4,208 people were diagnosed with TB. Compare this to the 3,528 people diagnosed with TB in Germany, out of a population of 82 million, and the alarming rate of TB in Moldova really hits home. Moreover, Moldovan has a high burden of multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) that makes tackling the problem significantly more difficult. 19 percent of all new cases of TB in Moldova are estimated to be MDR and 51 percent of all retreated cases.

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Ukraine: Rada approves five-year Tuberculosis Control Program

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has approved a National Tuberculosis Control Program for 2012-2016.  

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South Africa: ARV roll-out boosts life expectancy

Cape Town — The government's massive scaling up of its anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment programme is beginning to show results, with a new report showing that South Africa's life expectancy has increased by over three years in the last two years.

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Capacity to diagnose M/XDR-TB strengthened across Europe

WHO/Europe has established the European Tuberculosis Laboratory Initiative (ELI) to increase laboratory capacity to diagnose multidrug- and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (M/XDR-TB) across WHO European Region, as part of a consolidated action plan for 2011–2015.

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Statement by the Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership on the WHO Global Tuberculosis Report 2012

18 October 2012 – Geneva – The new data published in the WHO Global Tuberculosis Report 2012 show clear signs of progress.

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Drug may help in hard-to-treat TB

Among patients with extensively drug-resistant (XDR) tuberculosis, adding linezolid (Zyvox) to standard therapies appears to improve treatment response, but with a high rate of adverse events, a phase IIb trial showed.

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Course announcement: Advanced TB Diagnostic Research, Montreal, Canada, July 2013

An intensive, high-level course on TB diagnostic research methods.

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Online consultation: Lessons from roll-out of MDR-TB services

Citizen News Service (CNS) and the global Stop-TB eForum along with partners are hosting an online consultation to document community perspectives and learn lessons on what worked and what didn’t in rolling out MDR-TB services in different countries/ contexts. These lessons are very important, especially experiences of affected communities, we believe, and must not be missed. These lessons should inform the ongoing and future planned roll-out (and scale up) of MDR-TB services at all levels.

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TB Alliance and FIND announce collaboration to promote development of TB drugs and diagnostics

NEW YORK, NY/GENEVA, SWITZERLAND A new partnership announced today will increase efforts to coordinate the development of complementary novel tools to fight TB, including drug-resistant TB, and identify emerging drug resistance trends around the globe.

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WHO launches the Global tuberculosis report 2012

WHO warns global fight against TB now at a crossroads; Only 1 in 5 patients with multidrug resistant TB diagnosed; US$ 3 billion annual funding shortfall for epidemic response.

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