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Point-of-care diagnostics for tuberculosis elimination? (post with simple image)

The projected epidemiological effect of Xpert MTB/RIF might be overestimated, so this fascinating and promising new tool is unlikely to be the magic bullet that paves the way towards tuberculosis elimination.

TB Europe Coalition: No time to lose for the EU: Drug-resistant TB is a regional threat (post with simple image)

On World TB Day 2014, the TB Europe Coalition calls on EU institutions to recognise MDR-TB as a cross border health threat and to provide regional political leadership in the fight against MDR-TB in the European region.

In conversation: Paul Farmer on today's tuberculosis emergency and our path to saving millions of lives (post with simple image)

In the history of humankind, tuberculosis (TB) has killed more people than any other disease. TB remains one of the top 10 causes of deaths in the world and competes with HIV/AIDS as the biggest killer amongst all infectious diseases. One of the overarching problems with TB is how difficult it can be to find and properly diagnose the people who are infected with active TB. As a result, approximately 3 million people who are not aware that they have active tuberculosis and are unwittingly infecting, on average, 15 to 20 more people beyond themselves. You can picture the exponential spread of the disease and recognize how frighteningly quickly those numbers add up: 1.4 million people will die from the disease this year, two to three people every minute, nearly 4000 every day. Yet most people know almost nothing of TB and likely think that it is no longer a public health challenge.

Johnson & Johnson announces new collaboration with Stop TB Partnership’s Global Drug Facility to enhance access to anti-TB compound (post with simple image)

New Brunswick, NJ – April 29, 2014 – Johnson & Johnson today announced that its affiliate Janssen Pharmaceutica NV (Janssen) has entered into a novel collaboration with the Stichting International Dispensary Association (IDA), a procurement agent for the Stop TB Partnership’s Global Drug Facility (GDF), to facilitate access to the Company’s anti-tuberculosis medicine. This public-private partnership was established by the newly formed Janssen Global Public Health and is the latest in the Company’s overall efforts to improve public health.

WHO’s first global report on antibiotic resistance reveals serious, worldwide threat to public health (post with simple image)

New WHO report provides the most comprehensive picture of antibiotic resistance to date, with data from 114 countries, including information on resistance to medicines for treating HIV, malaria and tuberculosis.

South Africa: DR-TB a ‘public health emergency’ - activists (post with simple image)

Civil society groups have called for government to declare drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) a public health emergency, as the DR-TB response remains underfunded.

South Africa: Minister does not join call for DR-TB emergency (post with simple image)

Despite activists’ pleas, Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has not joined almost 800 health workers and experts in supporting the call to declare drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) a public health emergency.

Trans-Pacific trade partners must stand against higher medicine prices and take harmful provisions off the negotiating table (post with simple image)

MSF warns that higher medicine prices caused by harmful new rules in the TPP trade pact will disproportionally affect the poorest populations across all countries in the pact: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, and Vietnam.

Experts call for tuberculosis to be named public health emergency in Papua New Guinea (post with simple image)

Health experts are calling for tuberculosis (TB) to be declared as a public health emergency in Papua New Guinea after a seven-month study into TB infection rates found that many people in rural areas are dying from the disease without ever being diagnosed.

Drug-resistant infections could lead to 10 million extra deaths a year – report (post with simple image)

Global leaders urged to act on superbugs that could devastate world’s most populous countries such as India and China

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