Items tagged with TB care

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.

As EU scraps aid, Indonesia introduces health insurance for the poor (post with simple image)

The EU has turned its back on Indonesia's health sector. But the developing country, which is witnessing growing rates of tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, is now counting on other solutions: a new health insurance program for the poor, and its own pharmaceutical company. EurActiv reports from Jakarta.

India: TB catch-all strategy rings alarm (post with simple image)

New Delhi, Feb. 1: Doctors in India have detected what they say is a disturbing rise in the proportion of patients with tuberculosis resistant to second-line drugs that are used only when key first-line medicines have failed.

Why are rates of drug-resistant TB so high in Russia? (post with simple image)

Natalya, 31, from Saint Petersburg, is being treated for a new and virulent form of an ancient disease ravaging Russia.

'How unromantic it is to die of tuberculosis in the 21st century' (post with simple image)

As the Ebola epidemic in West Africa slows and falls from the headlines, there is a temptation among many to view this outbreak as an isolated event. In fact, the opposite is true. Ebola is the tip of a global health crisis: a crisis in our collective ability to deliver the essentials of modern medicine to those who need help the most, in the most timely and efficient manner.

India: TB control requires new technologies (post with simple image)

Although much effort has gone into tuberculosis control, reduction in incidence has been disappointingly slow. India is a good example. Although India's Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP) covers the entire country, and has met the 2015 targets, India continues to report over 2 million cases every year, and accounts for 1 of the 3 million “missing cases” that are either not diagnosed, or not reported. 

We need to fight TB together, end social stigma (post with simple image)

At the age of 16, I was diagnosed with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). At the time, the upper and lower lobes of my lungs had decayed. After receiving MDR-TB medication for six years I was advised to undergo a surgery in which I had a 1% chance of survival. The process of treatment had left my family distraught. Throughout my journey of fighting the disease, I witnessed numerous social, economic and psychological challenges.

MSF’s DR-TB report proves 'decentralised' model is better, more cost effective (post with simple image)

The decentralised model is aimed at diagnosing and treating the majority of DR-TB patients in primary health clinics, instead of being required to be hospitalised for up to six months.

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