Blog Posts Highlight TB Report, Plan Released At Union World Conference On Lung Health

PLOS “Speaking of Medicine”: Step up to Stop TB
Grania Brigden, TB adviser to the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines, discusses findings from a report on gaps in TB policies produced by MSF and the Stop TB Partnership and released this week at the 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health, in Cape Town, South Africa. The report “shows policy gaps in diagnosis and treatment of all forms of TB, models of care, and the drug regulatory environment. More positively, it also reveals where countries have updated their policies to reflect current best practice,” Brigden writes (12/2).

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Union World Conference on Lung Health: World leaders call for immediate investments to end TB
Rabita Aziz, policy research coordinator for the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses the Stop TB Partnership’s new plan to end the TB epidemic by 2035. Attendees of the Union World Conference on Lung Health this week endorsed the plan, which “calls for diagnosing and treating at least 90 percent of all people infected with tuberculosis, including 90 percent of people infected with TB from key populations, and ensuring at least 90 percent of people successfully complete treatment. … The plan also emphasizes the need to invest in tuberculosis research and development…” (12/2).