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Ukraine: Another cost of war: Spread of tuberculosis (post with simple image)

DONETSK, Ukraine – While Russia’s war against Ukraine has claimed more than 1,000 lives since April, in addition to at least 363 servicemen, there are other casualties that aren’t getting as much attention.

Stop TB Partnership publication: Improving tuberculosis case detection (post with simple image)

A compendium of TB REACH case studies, lessons learned and a monitoring and evaluation framework.

India: The hidden costs of free care (post with simple image)

An oft-repeated fact about healthcare services provided by the public sector in India is that they are “free”. This leads to the belief that free diagnosis and treatment eventually mean little or no spending on health by the poor and, consequently, this drastically reduces health-related expenses for them.

Key advocacy fact sheets on TB in Europe released in English and Russian (post with simple image)

The three new fact sheets on “Ambulatory TB care”, “Integrated TB/HIV care” and “Engaging civil society and affected communities in the fight against TB” aim to share best practices from the European region on the three topics.

MSF: Innovating to fight tuberculosis in Papua New Guinea (post with simple image)

Tuberculosis (TB) prevalence in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is among the highest in the world, 541 cases/100,000 population/year, with some pockets reported to be three times higher, prompting Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to respond and reach the most affected communities.

Drones are being tested in the fight against a tuberculosis epidemic in Papua New Guinea (post with simple image)

Drones have been trialled by Medecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to combat a centuries-old disease that has crippled communities in one of the most untamed wildernesses on earth.

Ukraine’s capital is facing an explosive TB epidemic (post with simple image)

Kiev may be facing an unprecedented tuberculosis crisis. This is according to Larissa Kanarovskaya, the Head of the Kiev City Union of health workers. On December 1, 2014, at a press conference (a video in Russian can be seen here), she announced that on the average, 100 people die every day in Ukraine’s capital, of which one case is from active tuberculosis. The situation, Mrs Kanarovskaya continued, is complicated by an acute shortage of doctors and nurses of TB profile, as well as a critical situation in Ukraine’s health care in general. The growing workload on health workers is accompanied by more and more TB cases being detected among physicians.

Zimbabwe faces troubling spike in cases of multidrug-resistant TB (post with simple image)

HARARE, Jan 25 2015 (IPS) - About eight years ago, 44-year-old Tilda Chihota was struck with tuberculosis which kept her bed-ridden for over six months at her rural home in Zimbabwe’s Mwenezi district, 144 kilometres southwest of Masvingo, the country’s oldest town.

The Union's SPARK-TB Plus program introduces Xpert MTB/RIF testing to the private sector in Uganda (post with simple image)

20 January 2015 - Uganda - The introduction and WHO endorsement of the Xpert MTB/RIF assay in 2010 revolutionized TB diagnosis. The assay's improved sensitivity and specificity compared with smear microscopy means it is able to confirm TB disease in smear negative patients. This provides a huge benefit to people living with HIV/AIDS who often test negative by smear microscopy. In addition, the Xpert MTB/RIF test reduces the time needed to diagnose resistance to rifampicin from six weeks to just two hours. In Uganda, the first GeneXpert system was placed in the National Referral Hospital in Mulago in 2011. Since then, the National TB and Leprosy Program (NTLP) has installed 59 systems countrywide.

Australian boats help stop the spread of tuberculosis in Papua New Guinea (post with simple image)

Four specially crafted boats are heading from Australia's north-east coast to Papua New Guinea as part of a program to help stop the spread of tuberculosis in the country.

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