Brief news reports on Tuberculosis

Time for action on antimicrobial resistance and TB

First G20 Ministers of Health Meeting in Berlin recognizes TB as a priority under antimicrobial resistance.

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TB-free India: J P Nadda formulates strategy to eliminate TB by 2025

India on Friday (May 19) pledged its commitment to eliminate TB by 2025, five years ahead of the global goal to reduce the number of such deaths by 90 per cent by 2030. Speaking at the 29th meeting of Stop TB Partnership coordination committee, Union Health Minister J P Nadda said that India has formulated a national strategic plan with a special focus on stamping out the bactrial disease at grass root levels.

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ITPCru poster: TB treatment

ITPCru has developed a poster on TB treatment. It is based on the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines 2010 with taking into account the April 2017 updates.

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IJTLD June 2017 issue now online

The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IJTLD) is the official publication of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union).

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New alliance to drive and measure industry progress to curb antimicrobial resistance

  • New Industry Alliance brings together research-based pharmaceutical companies, generics, biotech and diagnostic companies, to drive and measure industry progress to curb antimicrobial resistance.
  • The AMR Industry Alliance will ensure that signatories collectively deliver on the commitments made in the Declaration (January 2016) and the Roadmap (September 2016) and will measure industry’s progress in the fight against AMR.
  • The Alliance will develop a reporting mechanism to track progress, identify gaps and set targets for the future. Its progress reports will also help to assess what are the key hurdles impeding actions outside of industry’s sole control on reducing antimicrobial resistance and facilitate collaboration between the public and private sector.


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WHO-commissioned report reflects on achievements, challenges in global health over past decade

WHO: Healthier, fairer, safer: the global health journey 2007-2017

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Major research funders and international NGOs to implement WHO standards on reporting clinical trial results

18 May 2017 | GENEVA Some of the world’s largest funders of medical research and international non-governmental organizations today agreed on new standards that will require all clinical trials they fund or support to be registered and the results disclosed publicly.

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Global TB Caucus consultation on the role of parliamentarians in ending TB

The Global TB Caucus is seeking to better understand what the role of parliamentarians should be in relation to the Global Ministerial Conference on TB in November 2017 and the United Nations High-Level Meeting on TB in 2018, what should be the primary objectives, and what the desired outcome should look like.

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Child-friendly TB tablets to be introduced in India

There is good news for children suffering from tuberculosis as the government has started the rollout of the world's first easily-dissolvable and flavoured drug in five states as part of a pilot programme.

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TB bacteria evolve at alarming rate

Researchers from the Vavilov Institute of General Genetics of the Russian Academy of Sciences (VIGG) and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) have established a catalog of mutations in 319 virulence genes of mycobacteria that cause tuberculosis. These genes encode proteins that suppress human immune response. Further analysis identified a set of three mutations which may enable mycobacteria to develop rapidly in an immunocompromised environment. The emerging strains of TB pathogens require new treatment approaches including the development of new genetically engineered vaccines that take into account both the immune status of a patient and the specific virulence features of a pathogen. The article was published in Genome Biology and Evolution (Oxford University Press, UK).

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