Items tagged with TB epidemiology

South Africans living longer but drug-resistant TB a threat (post with simple image)

Two government reports published in March show that the nation’s health is improving dramatically, but more people are getting sick from forms of tuberculosis that are difficult to treat.

MSF: Active Case Finding in Cambodia: Searching for TB one village at a time (post with simple image)

With the current health system in Cambodia at its limit, Médecins Sans Frontières has trialled an active case finding project that targets high-risk groups for tuberculosis.

Quantifying the tuberculosis disease burden in children (post with simple image)

A study estimates that 999 792 children developed TB in 2010, of whom 31 948 had MDR-TB. This value is nearly double the 530 000 paediatric cases estimated by WHO to have occurred in 2012.

Tuberculosis in Tajikistan: achievements, challenges and opportunities (post with simple image)

National and development partners, including the WHO Country Office and the Global Fund Portfolio Manager, met on 4 April 2014 in Tajikistan to discuss the sustainability of the national tuberculosis (TB) programme (NTP) and overall health system strengthening within the area of TB/multidrug-resistant TB (TB/MDR TB) control and prevention.  

Return of the 'White Plague': Fears over the rise of 'incurable' TB (post with simple image)

"The disease has reached a public health emergency in South Africa. We treat 8,000 cases of resistance a year and now a chunk of those have developed resistance beyond XDR-TB - incurable TB."

TB in Romania: mapping the needs (post with simple image)

The Romanian Angel Appeal Foundation and the Association for MDR-TB Patients Support conducted in February – March a survey among Romanian TB and MDR-TB patients, their families and specialists working in the field, in order to pinpoint the patients’ social, psychological and medical needs. The survey report was published in June and it shows the main needs reported by patients or identified by the professionals who work with them.

Experts call for tuberculosis to be named public health emergency in Papua New Guinea (post with simple image)

Health experts are calling for tuberculosis (TB) to be declared as a public health emergency in Papua New Guinea after a seven-month study into TB infection rates found that many people in rural areas are dying from the disease without ever being diagnosed.

Outdated approaches fuelling TB in Russia, say NGOs (post with simple image)

TB is a major health threat in Russia, where it is the leading infectious disease killer. The country has the highest rates of MDR-TB and XDR-TB in Europe and the third highest in the world. It also has the 11th highest burden of all TB in the world.

Fighting tuberculosis: Western myths and Belarusian reality (post with simple image)

Research indicates that post-Soviet migrants account for a mere 1.7% of TB incidence across the EU border. Portraying migrants from post-Soviet states as diseased may contribute to their already negative perception in Western Europe and will further strengthen prejudice against this group.

Fifteen years after war, Timor-Leste must ready itself for a new fight (post with simple image)

Rofino’s children look on anxiously as their father, all skin and bones, coughs away on his bed, his breath fluttering and weak. The 45-year-old has had tuberculosis for six years, and in early June was admitted to hospital after a spell of coughing up blood. Sharing the TB ward with him at the Bairo Pite Clinic in Dili are five smear-positive patients; in a neighboring ward, many more await test results.

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