Items tagged with TB care

US charity, a seasoned player in North Korea, helps it fight stubborn strains of TB (post)

WASHINGTON - Despite worsening U.S.-North Korean relations, an American charity is ramping up efforts against an epidemic of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in the isolated country, where it says it is making inroads in fighting the deadly disease.

WHO to cooperate more closely with Romania on improving TB services (post)

WHO/Europe will strengthen its partnership with Romania to improve the quality and delivery of tuberculosis (TB) services, turn the tide against drug-resistant TB, and accelerate the implementation of structural health system reforms in the country. These were the main themes of a high-level visit to Romania on 13–14 October 2014 by Dr Hans Kluge, Director, Division of Health Systems and Public Health and Special Representative of the Regional Director to prevent and combat multidrug- and extensively drug-resistant (M/XDR) TB, Dr Marc Sprenger, Director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), and Mr Nicolas Cantau, Regional Manager of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

Russia: Lawmakers, medics urge compulsory treatment of tuberculosis (post)

MOSCOW, October 29. /TASS/. Is it right to resort to compulsion to cure a sick person? It depends, say some Russian legislators. Communist State Duma member Alexander Kravets is going to initiate a legal act which, if adopted, will empower medics to send tuberculosis patients who refuse to receive medical aid to hospitals for compulsory treatment without waiting for a court ruling.

45th Union World Conference on Lung Health: TB and pregnancy study shows threats to mothers and infants (post)

BARCELONA, Spain –  At a symposium on Thursday (October 30) on the intersection between tuberculosis and maternal and infant health, Adrie Bekker presented disturbing findings from a study looking at outcomes for pregnant women with tuberculosis who came for care at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa.  Over the course of a year, clinicians identified 74 maternal tuberculosis patients to the researchers by clinicians. Of those women, 53 percent also had HIV infection and 30 percent of the women had previously been treated for TB disease. Eight percent had drug-resistant tuberculosis. Of the HIV-infected women, 36 percent had extra pulmonary tuberculosis including eight women who had TB meningitis. While 60 percent of the HIV-infected women were on antiretroviral therapy, they had started recently, and the immune systems of most were severely suppressed.

Aeras launches new campaign to protect healthcare workers from TB (post)

ROCKVILLE, MD, USA, October 31, 2014 – Aeras launched TB Unmasked, a new campaign to raise awareness about the risks healthcare workers face on the front lines of the global tuberculosis (TB) epidemic, today at the Union World Conference on Lung Health in Barcelona.

Documentary: TB Unmasked (post)

TB Unmasked: from the front lines of the TB epidemic, a new documentary by Aeras about healthcare workers and the reasons why this critical workforce deserves to be protected.

Tuberculosis: US to extend help to Tibetans (post)

Studies show the Tibetans have one of the highest rates of TB in the world. Even the deadly multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB is increasingly common. Now the US is coming to help the Tibetans, who have been in exile in India for over half a century.

Cochrane Review of reminder systems to improve TB diagnoses and care (post)

Researchers from China, the Philippines and LSTM have today published a new systematic review of reminder systems to improve patient adherence to tuberculosis (TB) treatment. Reminder systems include prompts in advance of a forthcoming appointment to help ensure the patients attend, and also actions when people miss an appointment, such as phoning them or arranging a home visit. This review is the latest in a suite of reviews produced by authors from the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group, hosted at LSTM, evaluating interventions to improve adherence to TB treatment. Effective treatment for TB requires people to take multiple drugs every day for at least six months, and many patients drop out of treatment before it is completed (especially when they start feeling better) because they forget, or due to the costs and inconvenience of attending multiple clinic appointments. Incomplete treatment contributes to the spread of TB and the development of drug resistance.

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