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Capitol Hill Briefing On TB Highlights Need For Continued Progress

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports from a Capitol Hill briefing that took place on Wednesday examining the progress and challenges surrounding TB efforts. Speakers at the event recounted stories “of how illness as well as responses around the world are interconnected, when effective treatments for…

Study, Commentary Examine XDR-TB Treatment Outcomes In S. Africa

A post in the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog discusses a study and commentary published last week in The Lancet that evaluated the long-term outcomes of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) patients in South Africa. “…Both the report and commentary call for policymakers and national control programs to…

USAID’s Shah Testifies Before Congress On Global Health Budget

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog discusses USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah’s lack of mention of global tuberculosis and HIV in his opening remarks during the FY 2015 congressional budget hearings on Capitol Hill earlier this week (Aziz, 4/10).

Cuts To U.S. Global, Domestic TB Program Funding Would Be Detrimental

The Hill: Not the time to reduce TB funding Gerald Friedland, professor at Yale School of Medicine and member of the scientific advisory committee for the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s Center for Global Health Policy “In testimony supporting the president’s budget request [last] week, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah asserted…

U.N.-Backed Initiative Expands Efforts To Drive Medical Innovations For NTDs

U.N. News Centre: U.N.-backed initiative boosts knowledge-sharing to combat neglected tropical diseases “Announcing that more than 50 partners are now on board its partnership initiative to fight against neglected tropical diseases, tuberculosis, and malaria, the United Nations intellectual property agency today hailed the watershed achievement as a significant step towards…

Governments, NGOs Must Account For TB Funding, Measure Programmatic Impacts

Huffington Post: Where Has All the Money Gone for Fighting Tuberculosis? Shelly Batra, founder and president of Operation ASHA “…Huge amounts of funds have been poured into a bottomless pit [in the name of TB elimination]. … This funding should have led to better outcomes, i.e. improved case detection and…

Wall Street Journal Examines Global Shortage Of TB Drugs

“The U.S., India and other nations are facing shortages of tuberculosis [TB] drugs — threatening to reverse decades of progress against a deadly disease that is becoming increasingly untreatable,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “Worldwide, TB is becoming increasingly drug-resistant, and drug shortages are ‘one of the main reasons,’ said…

Wall Street Journal Examines Shortage Of TB Drugs In India

Noting “India faces a potential shortage of a critical medication for drug-resistant tuberculosis that could deepen an already acute drug-shortfall-problem in the country with the highest burden of the deadly contagious disease,” the Wall Street Journal reports, “Tuberculosis officials in several Indian states said this week that their stocks of…

Doctors Face Challenges In Treating Drug-Resistant TB Among Children

NPR’s “Shots” blog and “All Things Considered” on Tuesday reported on the challenges of treating children with tuberculosis (TB), particularly drug-resistant TB, a “growing epidemic.” TB drugs are not designed for children, which “means they aren’t packaged in smaller doses, and may not even have been tested for child-specific effectiveness…

NPR Series Examines How Russian Prisons Treat Drug-Resistant TB Among Inmates

In its continuing series on drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB), NPR’s “Shots” blog and “Morning Edition” examine how the Russian prison system has teamed up with the non-profit Partners In Health to fight the disease among inmates. As part of the partnership, the Siberian facility called Medical and Penal Institution Number One…

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