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MSF Takes Open Approach To Humanitarian Data

SciDev.Net: MSF pioneers opening up access to humanitarian data “Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is pioneering an open-access approach within the humanitarian sector in the hope that other medical aid organizations will follow suit. MSF decided to make the data its clinical and research staff collect freely available online, says a…

Gates Foundation Support Enables Indonesian TB Treatment Program

Gabrielle Fitzgerald, director of Global Program Advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog about a TB treatment program in Indonesia. “…I visited Dr. Hasan Sadikin Hospital with colleagues from the [Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria] and Tahir, a prominent…

January 2014 Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

The January issue of the WHO Bulletin features a news article on ending female genital mutilation, a research article on maternal health care in rural Zambia, and a policy and practice paper on designing drug regimens for drug-resistant TB, among other articles (January 2014).

Blog Reviews Recent IOM Report On Drug-Resistant TB

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reviews “the Institute of Medicine’s recent report on the global crisis of drug-resistant TB, itself a summary of a joint workshop hosted by the IOM and the Institute of Microbiology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing earlier [in 2013].…

Mobile Technology Can Help Patients Adhere To, Doctors Monitor TB Treatment

Fox News: How smartphones have become a powerful tuberculosis treatment tool Rose Stuckey Kirk, Verizon vice president of global corporate social responsibility and president of the Verizon Foundation “Mobile technology can not only improve medication adherence, it can deliver disease education, send behavioral intervention reminders, increase access to specialty care…

Science Speaks Selects Top 10 HIV, TB Stories Of 2013

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog provides a list of key news stories on HIV and tuberculosis in 2013. The blog notes the passage of the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria replenishment efforts, “[t]he Supreme Court’s upholding [of] the…

TB Survivor Calls On USAID To Expand Support For Global Health R&D

In a post in the Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs” blog, part of a “new blog series to highlight the impact of USAID’s commitment to global health research and development (R&D),” Natalie Nelson, a tuberculosis (TB) survivor from Tennessee, in a Q&A calls for USAID to expand its support for…

E.U. Support Growing For TB Vaccine Development

In a guest post in the Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs” blog, Kari Stoever, vice president of external affairs at Aeras, “writes about European support for new vaccines against tuberculosis (TB).” She notes, “Europe is a major contributor to the development of vaccines globally, with as much as 75 percent…

Report Examines HIV, TB Treatment Access In Ukraine

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog provides an overview of a new report from the Ukrainian Anti-corruption Action Centre and All Ukrainian Network of People Living With HIV/AIDS that looks at HIV and tuberculosis treatment access in the country. The report examines the public procurement system and…

Drug-Resistant TB Is ‘Ticking Time Bomb,’ WHO Warns

“The [WHO] warns of a ‘ticking time bomb’ as tuberculosis is getting increasingly resistant to antibiotics,” TIME reports. “A rampant misuse of antibiotics has led to the bacteria’s increasing resistance, which has mainly affected China, Russia and India,” the magazine notes (Liljas, 12/12). The agency “estimates almost 500,000 people around…

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