Brief news reports on Tuberculosis

MSF: Cash crunch hits Swaziland AIDS patients, shortages of TB drugs as well

An acute government funding crisis in Swaziland, Africa's last absolute monarchy, is disrupting supplies of HIV/AIDS drugs and hampering the fight against the virus in the country with the world's highest infection rate, Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) said Friday.

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A case control study: Factors associated with default from treatment among TB patients in Nairobi province, Kenya

Successful treatment of tuberculosis (TB) involves taking anti-tuberculosis drugs for at least six months. Poor adherence to treatment means patients remain infectious for longer, are more likely to relapse or succumb to tuberculosis and could result in treatment failure as well as foster emergence of drug resistant tuberculosis.

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Papua New Guinea, drug-resistant tuberculosis and Australia

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is currently in a battle with potentially preventable and treatable tuberculosis, as reported in today’s Age and Sydney Morning Herald newspapers. The disease has increased in the Pacific nation by 42% over the past decade.

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UK/NICE: Tackling tuberculosis among hard-to-reach groups

Targeted action is needed to prevent the spread of tuberculosis (TB) and ensure treatment success among patients who have difficulty recognising symptoms, accessing health services and taking medication. The patients who are hardest to reach through traditional hospital based TB services include people with drug or alcohol addiction, homeless people, prisoners and some migrant communities.

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Mali: Tuberculosis remains the leading cause of death in the country

Although there is free medical care available to the people of Mali, tuberculosis remains the leading cause of death in the country.

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Living with HIV and dying of TB

Fuelled by the HIV pandemic and the spread of drug-resistant strains, tuberculosis (TB) has re-emerged as a major threat to global health. TB is a curable disease that continues to affect millions of people globally each year, and is a leading cause of death in HIV positive people. According to the 2009 WHO Report on Global TB Control, there were 9.4 million new TB cases in 2008, out of which 1.4 million (14%) were HIV positive (78% of them were in Africa and 13% in Southeast Asia). Mortality from TB was 1.7 million, and about 0.5 million of these deaths were in People Living with HIV (PLHIV), who are at a much increased risk of contracting TB. In high burden HIV settings (like the sub Saharan region) more than 70% of TB patients are living with HIV. So, universal access to HIV care cannot be achieved without addressing TB.

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Socioeconomic status and self-reported tuberculosis: a multilevel analysis in a low-income township in the Eastern Cape, South Africa


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Uganda: Assuming serostatus undermining AIDS fight

The tendency, common among Ugandans, to assume individuals are HIV-positive or negative without prior testing is undermining the positive results the country had registered in its initial fight against HIV/AIDS in the 1990s, a new study has shown.

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South Africa: TB cure rate on the rise in Gauteng

Pretoria — The latest tuberculosis (TB) cure rate statistics in Gauteng show some success said the Department of Health and Social Development on Sunday.

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The newest recruit in the fight on TB

Yashica isn't your typical laboratory technician. For one thing, there's the tail. For another, he'll literally work for peanuts.

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