Brief news reports on Tuberculosis

TB eradication programmes must address malnutrition, poverty and unemployment

At Jan Swasthya Sahyog, a rural hospital in Chhattisgarh, we see numerous cases of tuberculosis every year, but it is becoming increasingly clear that our approach to the epidemic is all wrong. We recently took care of a 22-year-old patient we will call Leela Satnami.

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Can a century-old TB vaccine steel the immune system against the new coronavirus?

Researchers in four countries will soon start a clinical trial of an unorthodox approach to the new coronavirus. They will test whether a century-old vaccine against tuberculosis (TB), a bacterial disease, can rev up the human immune system in a broad way, allowing it to better fight the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 and, perhaps, prevent infection with it altogether. The studies will be done in physicians and nurses, who are at higher risk of becoming infected with the respiratory disease than the general population, and in the elderly, who are at higher risk of serious illness if they become infected.

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RESIST-TB webinar: NiX-TB regimen for XDR-TB

RESIST-TB will host a webinar on 26 March 2020 to discuss the recently published work on the NiX-TB trial, which focuses on treatment of extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB).

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COVID-19 in focus on World TB Day: The Union stands in solidarity and with resilience in the fight against two airborne diseases - TB and COVID-19

23 March 2020: Ahead of World TB Day tomorrow, The Union announced that a multi-stakeholder approach to infectious disease control based on a partnership between government, the private sector, the research sector and affected community is essential if the COVID-19 virus is to be defeated. The Union also recognised that people living with tuberculosis (TB) are likely to be more vulnerable to COVID-19 and its effects and reiterated that is essential to ensure that access to TB prevention, diagnosis and treatment continue in what is an unsettling environment.

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UNAIDS: Tuberculosis — good progress, but not enough

As the world is commemorating World TB Day on 24 March in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical to remember that we need to sustain services for addressing TB epidemics and TB/HIV coinfections globally. There is still a US$ 3.3 billion yearly funding shortfall for TB prevention and care.

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MSF technical briefs

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) updated two of its technical briefs, A rapid TB test for people living with HIV and Making the switch.

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Underweight diabetic patients in Singapore have increased risk of TB

Nested in the long-running Singapore Chinese Health Study, a new study by researchers in Singapore, based on data from over 60,000 middle-aged to older adults, has found that people who suffer from diabetes and who are also underweight have a much higher risk of active tuberculosis (TB) than their heavier counterparts, supporting calls for TB screening among these patients.

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Global Fund supports 11 countries in response to COVID-19

GENEVA – The Global Fund announced today that 11 countries have so far used financial assistance from the Global Fund in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Apply to be a member of the WHO Civil Society Task Force on TB: Call for expressions of interest from the WHO Region of the Americas

The World Health Organization (WHO) Global TB Program is the Secretariat of the WHO Civil Society Task Force on TB. The aim of the Task Force is to intensify the voice of civil society in ending TB at all levels.

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World TB Day 2020 in the times of COVID-19

Join the virtual - worldwide - TB town hall on 24 March!

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