Items tagged with TB care

Consultation meeting on finding missing TB cases through integrated community-based TB service delivery, 11 to 13 April 2018: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (post)

A global consultation meeting on finding missing TB cases through integrated community based TB service delivery was organized by the Global TB Programme (GTB) of the World Health Organization (WHO), on 11-13 April 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

TB, HIV treatment failures map potholes along American road to care (post)

In a hospital serving an urban population, more than a third of patients with a confirmed TB diagnosis also had HIV. Of those, nearly three quarters had been diagnosed with the virus that greatly increased their risks of becoming sick from the world’s oldest airborne infection, with a median of six years between a test showing they had HIV, and a test showing they had become sick with tuberculosis. Among those 73 patients already diagnosed with HIV, only 10 were accessing the antiretroviral treatment that protected their immune systems and offered them a defense against TB. Even at the end of their treatment, when 74 patients had accessed antiretroviral medicine, the treatment had been effective enough to suppress the virus in only a little more than half the patients. Three years after they completed the treatment, fewer than a third had maintained continuous treatment for HIV, or suppressed viruses. The high rates HIV/TB co-infection, and low rates of treatment, as well as of viral suppression, compare unfavorably to those of some African countries confronting the highest burden of both diseases.

Study finds increased survival and cure rates for patients with HIV and MDR-TB when infections treated concurrently (post)

Patients co-infected with HIV and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) can achieve similar survival and tuberculosis cure rates to those infected with MDR-TB but not HIV when treated concurrently for both infections, according to a new study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. The study was led by investigators at the Emory Rollins School of Public Health, in collaboration with Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Smartphone app monitors on daily TB therapy (post)

 Johns Hopkins researchers report success with a smart phone video-based app that substitutes for a daily in-person visit by a health care worker required for tuberculosis treatment known as directly observed therapy, or DOT. The preliminary study showed that the app may be less costly and may improve privacy concerns raised by patients compared to in-person visits.

Nigeria’s struggle with ending TB stigma (post)

Abuja, 22 May 2018 – In March 2017, Sunny who works as a fashion designer in Abuja, Nigeria’s Capital, started coughing, experiencing chest pains, toe pain, and frequent headaches. The discomfort that came with these symptoms became unbearable and was beginning to affect his work so he decided to go to the hospital for a checkup.  To his surprise he tested positive for Tuberculosis (TB) when the results were out. 

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.

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