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Fact Sheet, Blog Posts, Press Releases Discuss Issues Surrounding TB, Recognize World Day

Kaiser Family Foundation: The U.S. Government and Global Tuberculosis Efforts
This updated fact sheet discusses U.S. government global TB efforts and funding, global statistics related to the disease, and international goals to control and treat TB (3/23).

UNAIDS: UNAIDS calls for stronger partnerships to end the epidemics of tuberculosis and HIV
“On World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, UNAIDS is calling for stronger partnerships and a united approach to end the twin epidemics of TB and HIV and save millions of lives…” (3/24).

PLOS Blogs: Ending a Global Epidemic: Tuberculosis in Children #UnitetoEndTB
Rudolph (Rudi) Thétard, project director and infectious diseases specialist of the African Strategies for Health project at Management Sciences for Health, and Catherine (Keri) Lijinsky, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis adviser at USAID’s Bureau for Africa, discuss a new analysis released on World TB Day showing “that in African countries, a persistent divide between policy and practice threatens to impede progress gained for addressing childhood TB across the region” (3/23).

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: Take 1.5 minutes for 1.5 million lives
“In this guest post, Dara Erck, vice president of external affairs at Aeras, a global nonprofit biotechnology organization, highlights a new video launched on World TB Day to raise awareness of the urgent need for new tools to combat tuberculosis (TB)” (3/24).

World Health Organization: WHO calls on countries and partners to ‘Unite to End Tuberculosis’
“In advance of World TB Day, to be observed on 24 March, WHO is calling on countries and partners to ‘Unite to End Tuberculosis’…” (3/22).

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: World TB Day 2016
Shannon Hader, director of CDC’s Division of Global HIV & TB, discusses the CDC’s efforts to control TB both nationally and globally, writing, “Addressing … gaps in TB prevention and care will require all of us to Unite to End TB, including greater investment and political will from all corners of the globe” (3/22).

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Battling TB and other outbreaks ‘staff, stuff, space, and systems’ still lacking
Rabita Aziz, policy research coordinator for the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses statements by Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners In Health, and TB survivor Nauman Rana at a pre-World TB Day event hosted by USAID last week (3/22).

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Access to medicine, diagnostics, and human rights … We’re reading how to fight TB
Anitgone Barton, senior writer and editor of “Science Speaks,” discusses the release of Médecins Sans Frontières’ fourth edition of DR-TB Drugs Under a Microscope, an article by the African Society for Laboratory Medicine on improving TB diagnostics, and a Kenyan court case on whether “confining tuberculosis patients to prison for the duration of their treatment is a violation of human rights” (3/23).

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