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World AIDS Day: Equalize – addressing inequalities to End TB and AIDS!

The World Health Organization is joining partners in commemorating World AIDS Day 2022, and calls on global leaders and citizens to equalize access to essential HIV and TB services, particularly for key and vulnerable populations.

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#EndTB webinar: Launch of the Framework for Collaborative Action on Tuberculosis and Comorbidities 

The World Health Organization will host a webinar on 28 November 2022 to introduce the Framework for Collaborative Action on Tuberculosis and Comorbidities.

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Equality and inclusion, for every child affected by TB 

Every child has a right to life and to health, yet 1.2 million children and young adolescents fell ill with TB in 2021. Over 200 000 children lost their lives to TB in the same year, and as much as 80% of them had not reached their fifth birthday. This year’s World Children’s Day comes at a time when the world is battling a global COVID-19 pandemic, and is faced with geopolitical conflict, economic downturn and food insecurity, all of which are broader determinants of TB. The impact of these factors on the TB epidemic will be disproportionately felt by the vulnerable, including children. 

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#EndTB webinar: Multisectoral engagement to improve gender equity in TB and ensure no one is left behind

To mark International Men’s Day 2022, 19 November, the World Health Organization and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease Working Group on Gender Equity in TB will host a webinar on multisectoral engagement to improve gender equity in TB and ensure no one is left behind on 21 November 2022.

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World Diabetes Day: Joining forces to enable access to essential prevention and care services for people with diabetes and TB

14 November 2022 | Geneva: Today marks World Diabetes Day and this year’s theme is “access to diabetes education”, which underpins the larger multi-year theme of “access to care”. The theme highlights the importance of empowering individuals and communities with the right information to help improve the lives of close to half a billion people living with diabetes worldwide. People with diabetes have a higher risk of developing tuberculosis (TB), and of poor TB treatment outcomes.  Access to education on diabetes will therefore help increase awareness and improve the quality of life for people and families affected by diabetes and TB.

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Global meeting on strengthening public-private provider engagement calls for greater collaboration with all care providers to get the TB response back-on-track and to enhance accountability

Тhe World Health Organization and the Stop TB Partnership with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria convened a meeting of the Global Working Group on Public-Private Mix for TB Care and Prevention in Nairobi, Kenya on 2-4 November 2022.

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Global TB Report 2022: TB deaths and disease increase during the COVID-19 pandemic

TB deaths increase for a second year in a row and TB incidence rises for the first time in 20 years.

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Public consultation on the draft WHO guidance for community and civil society engagement to end TB

18 October 2022, Geneva |The political declaration of the 2018 United Nations High Level Meeting on tuberculosis (TB) includes commitments by member states to “ensuring strong and meaningful engagement of civil society and affected communities in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the tuberculosis response, within and beyond the health sector”. The 2020 UN Secretary-General progress report on TB includes priority recommendations to accelerate the TB response and reach targets through meaningful engagement of civil society and affected communities in the TB response. In view of the major developments in global public health, WHO is updating its guidance on community and civil society engagement to end TB.

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Leave no one behind to end TB and end world hunger

14 October 2022 | Geneva: World Food Day this year is being commemorated in a world with increasing global food insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and international conflicts. The World Food Programme estimates that globally, up to 828 million people do not have enough food and 50 million face emergency levels of hunger. Undernutrition is one of the most significant drivers of tuberculosis, accounting for an estimated 19% of incident TB in 2020, worldwide. People with undernutrition are three times more likely to develop TB disease and undernutrition is a common consequence of TB. Undernutrition also worsens TB treatment outcomes and increases the risk of dying from TB.

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WHO convenes global experts to update guidance on national TB prevalence surveys

13 October 2022 | Geneva: A meeting of a subgroup of WHO’s Global Task Force on TB Impact Measurement was held in Geneva on 28–29 September to review draft content that has been developed for the new guidance on national TB prevalence surveys. The meeting brought together global experts in the design, implementation, analysis and/or reporting of national TB prevalence surveys, including people from national TB programmes, universities, national institutes and technical agencies, as well as independent consultants. Content related to screening and diagnostic algorithms, case definitions, diagnostic investigations, documents and data management, chest radiography and clinical management was discussed. Planned next steps include the update and finalization of the document with the targeted publication date in mid-2023.

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