Items tagged with TB care

Ukraine’s TB problem is ticking time bomb for Europe (post)

Controlling the airborne disease takes on additional urgency this year as the country seeks to integrate into EU with a new visa-free regime.

Short film on childhood TB in the USA (post)

Breathe In is a 20-minute short film that tells the story of Kelsey, a 5-year old from Houston, Texas, as she moves through treatment for tuberculosis, the world’s deadliest infectious disease. It was produced by Ground Media in partnership with Johnson & Johnson as part of a larger Social Impact Campaign to raise awareness about TB across the globe. The film has been screened at several congressional briefings and health conferences, and is being integrated into a broad national impact campaign.

Point-of-care TB diagnosis may lead to faster treatment (post)

Performing a molecular test for tuberculosis during a patient visit to a rural clinic in South Africa, rather than performing the test at a centralised laboratory, greatly reduced the time to treatment for patients who did not have a drug-resistant form of the disease.  This is according to the findings of a randomised, controlled trial published online in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Using technology to support TB treatment adherence in Peru (post)

One of the recognised issues in successful tuberculosis (TB) care is ensuring patient adherence to treatment regimens. A team at ASPAT-Peru (a TB treatment and support facility, based in Lima) is using the latest technology to strengthen treatment adherence and ensure patients are supported while undergoing TB treatment programmes. 

For a TB-free India, break the cycle of hunger and disease (post)

With India celebrating its 70th year of independence, there is hope for a better tomorrow. Our progress in many spheres is remarkable. In the last 70 years many human development indicators have shown noteworthy improvement. For example, life expectancy has increased from 37 years in 1947 to 68.3 years in 2015. Literacy has moved from 18.3% in 1951 to 72.2% in 2015. Today, India is the fastest growing large economy in the world. But what do these achievements actually mean for citizens? This progress has not touched everyone equally — India’s economic growth is uneven and inequitable. About 300 million people live in abject poverty and are deprived of basic services such as health, education, water and sanitation. This state of deprivation leaves them vulnerable to hunger, malnutrition and disease.

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