Items tagged with Drug-resistant TB

Improved TB specimen referral system enhances MDR-TB diagnostic accuracy and specimen safety in Vietnam (post with simple image)

27 June 2014 - Vietnam - Multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is a hard-to-treat form of TB that is impervious to the most powerful TB drugs. Vietnam is one of the 27 high-burden countries for MDR-TB but, unfortunately, has just two national laboratories (in Hanoi and Hochiminh) equipped for MDR-TB diagnosis. As a result, all health facilities throughout Vietnam must send patient specimen to these laboratories for MDR-TB testing. Specimen deliveries are often impeded by Vietnam’s poor road conditions and underdeveloped transportation systems. Diagnosis delays mean many infected with TB are not treated in time, causing high patient morbidity and mortality.

Meet the 23-year-old TB survivor taking on South Africa's patent laws (post with simple image)

My name is Phumeza Tisile, I am 23-years-old and live in Cape Town. In 2010, I was diagnosed with tuberculosis and was forced to stop my studies at Cape Peninsula University of Technology to go for treatment. Despite this my condition did not improve, and after about five months of treatment, first for "normal" TB and then for multi-drug-resistant TB (MDR-TB), I was finally diagnosed with extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB), the deadliest form of the disease.

The use of bedaquiline in regimens to treat drug-resistant and drug-susceptible tuberculosis: a perspective from tuberculosis-affected communities (post with simple image)

Community voices on bedaquiline's use to treat drug-resistant tuberculosis and future development as a potential treatment for drug-susceptible disease have been largely unheard.

Outdated approaches fuelling TB in Russia, say NGOs (post with simple image)

TB is a major health threat in Russia, where it is the leading infectious disease killer. The country has the highest rates of MDR-TB and XDR-TB in Europe and the third highest in the world. It also has the 11th highest burden of all TB in the world.

Fighting tuberculosis: Western myths and Belarusian reality (post with simple image)

Research indicates that post-Soviet migrants account for a mere 1.7% of TB incidence across the EU border. Portraying migrants from post-Soviet states as diseased may contribute to their already negative perception in Western Europe and will further strengthen prejudice against this group.

Swaziland: Surviving drug-resistant TB: “I’m still over the moon” (post with simple image)

Ninety-nine patients in Swaziland who successfully completed their treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis have been presented with certificates by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) saying “I got tested and cured of TB”.

Reduced treatment delays for people with drug-resistant TB and HIV co-infection through decentralised care and rapid Xpert MTB/RIF test (post with simple image)

Decentralisation of drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) management and use of the Xpert MTB/RIF test improves the time from clinic presentation to treatment from 50 days to 7 days in a population with a high burden of HIV and TB co-infection, according to a study from Khayelitsha, South Africa, presented at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) on Monday.

New TB drug bedaquiline: Weighing the benefits against the risks (post with simple image)

Laia Ruiz Mingote and Dorothy Namutamba—co-chairs of CRAG— and Mike Watson Frick—TB/HIV Program Officer at Treatment Action Group—discuss the benefits and risks of using bedaquiline to treat TB.

South Africa: Drug-resistant TB patients lost in the system (post with simple image)

Mpumalanga patients with drug-resistant TB say health workers at specialist TB hospitals in Standerton and Barberton keep them in the dark about their diagnosis and treatment.

WHO launches Companion Handbook on MDR-TB management (post with simple image)

The Handbook has been developed for the purpose of describing ways to implement established WHO policies relevant for the management of MDR-TB.

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