Brief news reports on Tuberculosis

Global launch of Learnings, Best Practices and Challenges on TB Stigma, Discrimination and Human Rights report

On 15 December 2021, the Global Coalition of TB Activists (GCTA) and partners will host a high-level event for the launch of Learnings, Best Practices and Challenges on TB Stigma, Discrimination and Human Rights report. The report follows the successful completion of a series of national, regional and global consultations.

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People diagnosed with COVID-19 and TB died at a rate 20 times higher than those who were infected with only the coronavirus, study finds

-- The more recently a person has been diagnosed with TB, the more likely they are to die from COVID-19 if they are infected, a new study finds
-- A person diagnosed with TB within 30 days of Covid infection is 20 times more likely to die than a person without TB who catches Covid
-- Those with a more recent TB diagnosis are also twice as likely to die of Covid when compared to people who were diagnosed before the pandemic
-- Researchers believe the Covid and TB prevention measures should be combined by health officials

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WHO policy statement: Use of Xpert MTB/RIF and Xpert MTB/RIF Ultra on GeneXpert 10-colour instruments

03 December 2021 | Geneva: Following review of the evidence and advice from the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on Tuberculosis (TB) Diagnostics and Laboratory Strengthening, the World Health Organization (WHO) concludes that the Xpert MTB/RIF and Ultra cartridge performance on the GeneXpert 10-colour instrument was found to be comparable to that of the GeneXpert 6-colour instrument for detection of TB and rifampicin resistance. The current WHO recommendations for Xpert MTB/RIF and Ultra cartridge use on GeneXpert 6-colour instruments are also valid for their use on GeneXpert 10-colour instruments. Full details are provided in the WHO policy statement.

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Free online course: Programmatic and clinical management of drug-resistant TB

The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease launched a new free online course that provides all the information needed for the programmatic and clinical management of drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) from the epidemiology and diagnosis of DR-TB to the clinical presentation, treatment, infection control and reporting. The course is specifically designed for clinical officers, nurses, paramedics and other health workers.

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World AIDS Day Message from the Global TB Program: It’s time for action on inequality to end TB and AIDS

As we mark this year’s World AIDS Day and focus on ending inequalities, we need to remember that TB is a leading cause of death among people with HIV and the second most common cause of death from an infectious disease, after COVID-19. TB is driven by poverty and thrives on inequity, disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable and marginalized. The COVID-19 pandemic is further fuelling inequality by driving up poverty and malnutrition, both of which are major risk factors for TB. Access to essential services for TB has also been severely hampered due to COVID-19 related restrictions and the redirection of resources to the COVID-19 response.

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Stop TB Partnership warns of increase in TB deaths among people living with HIV for the first time in over a decade

Trend expected to continue without urgent investments in TB services to recover from impact of COVID-19.

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Practical guide to implement simultaneous testing for TB and COVID-19

Together with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Stop TB Partnership has released a practical guide on the Implementation of Simultaneous Diagnostic Testing for COVID-19 and TB in High TB Burden Countries.

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TAG's 2021 Pipeline Report: TB chapters released

Treatment Action Group (TAG) launches newly available TB chapters of its 2021 Pipeline Report.

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RESIST-TB November 2021 newsletter

RESIST-TB released its November 2021 newsletter with the latest research publications on drug-resistant TB.

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Boosting accuracy for TB screening in HIV patients

Adding additional screening methods in combination with standard testing would increase diagnostic accuracy for tuberculosis infection among patients living with HIV.

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