International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease

The latest issue of Public Health Action - the Union's open access journal

Public Health Action is an open access journal, in electronic format only. The journal aims to promote the vision of The Union, Health solutions for the poor, by disseminating new knowledge on health systems and health services for vulnerable groups, with a priority on tuberculosis, lung health, non-communicable diseases and related public health issues.

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The Union: Guidelines for the clinical and operational management of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis

The guide offers clear, practical advice on how to manage the patients who have multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.

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TREAT TB designs online learning programme for operational research

The Union's TREAT TB initiative has created an E-tool for Operational Research to help meet the urgent need for health professionals with the skills to conduct this type of research independently.

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The latest issue of Public Health Action - the Union's open access journal

Public Health Action is an open access journal, in electronic format only. It provides a platform for the Union's mission 'Health solutions for the poor'. The journal addresses the clear need for show-casing operational research that addresses issues in health systems and services. It publishes high-quality scientific research that provides new knowledge to improve access, equity, quality and efficiency of health systems and services.

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Compassionate use of and expanded access to new drugs for drug-resistant tuberculosis

Several new classes of anti-tuberculosis agents are likely to become available in the coming decade. Ensuring prompt access to these drugs for patients without other treatment options is an important medical and public health issue. This article reviews the current state of ‘compassionate use’ and ‘expanded access’ programs for these new drugs, and identifies several shortcomings that will limit patient access to the drugs. A series of five steps is outlined that will need to be taken by national health bodies, international agencies and non-governmental organizations to prevent undue delays in access to new tuberculosis drugs for patients who could benefit from them. Following these steps can ensure that patients will be able to benefit from access to these drugs, while minimizing the risk of emergence of resistance to the drug.

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Official statement of The Union on TB prevention and control of TB among inmates

The Union published its official statement on TB prevention and control measures that should be taken on behalf of the 9.8 million people in jails, prisons, remand and detention centres worldwide.

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Successful TB-HIV collaborative care can be offered by primary health care facilities in low-income countries

Pilot TB-HIV programmes have demonstrated that integrated care provided through primary health care facilities, using paramedical staff, is feasible and effective.

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DR-TB drugs under the microscope: sources and prices of medicines

A joint Union/MSF publication providing transparent information on prices and quality-assured sources for DR-TB medicines, as well as a summary of the challenges still limiting their access to a broader number of patients.

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Screening all TB patients for diabetes mellitus: From pilot to policy change

In India, The Union has been implementing pilot projects on bidirectional screening of Tuberculosis (TB) and Diabetes Mellitus (DM). One arm of this has been the screening of TB patients for DM in collaboration with the Central TB Division (CTD), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and the World Health Organization (WHO). This landmark project, modeled on the Collaborative Framework for Care and Control of TB and diabetes, published by WHO/The Union in August 2011, was key to a new policy introducing screening TB patients for diabetes countrywide.

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The Union: Reaching zero HIV/AIDS deaths depends on addressing TB-HIV co-epidemic

Paris, France / 29 November 2012 — The theme of World AIDS Day (1 December 2012) is "Getting to zero: zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths". But, according to the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), the goal of zero AIDS-related deaths will not be reached without improved TB-HIV collaborative services.

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