Items tagged with Global TB response
Download a brochure that explains the problem of how and why there are so many people not reached by TB services every year and what can be done to address that.
The Stop TB Partnership’s Coordinating Board has approved US$13.9 million in new funding for partners implementing TB REACH projects.
Burnet’s Dr Suman Majumdar has joined leading Australian tuberculosis physicians, Dr Ben Marais, Dr Justin Denholm and Professor Warwick Britton, in calling for urgent action to respond to the global challenge posed by drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recognizing next week’s World TB Day with a report documenting continued progress against tuberculosis at in the United States, along with an troubling trend. The progress: the 3.0 cases per 100,000 people reported in 2013 (9,588 new cases) represents a more than 4 percent drop from 2012. The troubling part is that progress still is not shared equally: while incidence also dropped among foreign-born people in the United States, it is not dropping as fast as it is for those born in the United States. That means that the proportion of the impact of tuberculosis on people born outside of the United States is increasing, with their rate of the disease about thirteen times that of people born here. With TB elimination defined as less than one case per 100,000 people, the goal of eliminating tuberculosis in the United States remains unreached.
Publications and blogs highlight issues related to the spread of tuberculosis (TB) in advance of World TB Day on Monday, March 24. The Lancet discusses progress made in controlling TB since the the WHO declared it a global health emergency in 1993 (Herbert et al., 3/22). In a post in the BMJ Group Blog, Goodman Makhanda, who lives in South Africa and was diagnosed with XDR-TB last year, and Jennifer Hughes, a medical officer working for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) on TB in South Africa, discuss drug-resistant TB and treatment (3/20). Stacie C. Stender, an infectious disease expert at Jhpiego and vice chair of the Coordinating Committee of Scientific Activities of the International Union Against TB and Lung Disease, examines efforts and challenges in the response to TB in a post on Jhpiego (3/20).
TB in the United States (post)
In advance of World TB Day, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released 2 new studies, one summarizing the latest national TB surveillance data for 2013, the second looking at the toll of drug-resistant TB in the U.S.
WHO Western Pacific Region: Reaching the undiagnosed: An urgent call to action on World TB Day (post)
MANILA, 22 March - On World TB Day (24 March), the World Health Organization in the Western Pacific Region reiterates the need for governments, policy-makers, health care providers and civil society organizations to prioritize interventions to urgently find, treat and cure the millions of people who remain undiagnosed with the disease.
WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region: World TB Day 2014: a call to find, treat and cure all TB patients (post)
18 March 2014 - “Find…treat…cure tuberculosis (TB) patients” is the call of this year’s World TB Day, due to be marked globally on 24 March 2014.
PAHO/WHO Americas Region: World TB Day 2014: One in five people with TB is unaware of the disease (post)
One in five people infected with tuberculosis in the Americas remains unaware of the disease, due to failure to access health services or because they are not properly diagnosed, according to estimates by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).
Tuberculosis is easily one of India’s most critical public health issues, but TB prevention and control efforts face several challenges. Of these, perhaps the most significant is the effective engagement and participation of India’s vast private sector, which manages 60 per cent of all TB patients.
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