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Ahead Of International AIDS Meeting, TB2016 Conference Gathers Scientists, Advocates To Examine Progress In TB Research, Treatment, Prevention

Science Speaks: AIDS 2016: TB preconference highlights response stymied by neglect of patient needs and research funding deficits
“Calling for change in approaches to tuberculosis to address poverty, malnutrition, and human rights, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease leader Jose Luis Castro, at a pre-conference event [in Durban] Saturday, urged TB responders globally to embrace patient-centered approaches and language…” (Lubinski, 7/18).

Science Speaks: AIDS 2016: TB vaccine development in the 21st century takes new approaches
“…[Willem Hanekom of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation] highlighted the strengths and limitations of the only existing vaccine against tuberculosis, Bacillus Calmette-Guérin, which offers infants and young children 80 percent protection against extra pulmonary tuberculosis, 50 percent protection against pulmonary TB, and 20 percent protection against TB infection itself. The first new approach is to act on the realization that ‘for real impact, we have to interrupt transmission,’ he said…” (Lubinski, 7/18).

Xinhua News: Global fight against tuberculosis highlighted at Durban conference
“…Organized by the International AIDS Society (IAS), which also leads the AIDS 2016 conference, TB2016 represents a unique partnership of HIV and TB scientists and advocates, convened to build greater urgency and innovation to combat both epidemics. … This inaugural TB pre-conference at the international AIDS meeting will see global experts advancing knowledge and innovation on TB, promoting and sharing best practices to reinvigorate the global TB response, and galvanize political leadership and commitment to end TB by 2035, the IAS said…” (7/16).

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