Brief news reports on Tuberculosis

WHO Town Hall for civil society and affected communities on ending TB

On 9 June 2022, the World Health Organization (WHO) will convene a civil society Town Hall on ending TB in close collaboration with the WHO Civil Society Task Force on TB. The Town Hall will be led by WHO Director-General, senior WHO leadership and members of the Task Force.

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Stop TB Partnership’s 35th Board meeting: Highlights

The 35th meeting of the Stop TB Partnership Board, held on 19-20 May 2022, called for an urgent enhancement of political commitment and funding to end TB by 2030, and for placing TB high on the political agenda ahead of 2023 UN High-Level Meeting on TB.

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New guidelines and medicines poised to boost TB prevention efforts in South Africa

In their current form, South Africa’s TB preventive therapy (TPT) guidelines are out of step with the World Health Organization (WHO)’s guidance on TPT that recommends the use of new, shorter course TPT regimens, as well as providing TPT to all household contacts of people with TB.

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TB Language Guide 2.0 launched at Stop TB Partnership Board meeting

Words Matter for people affected by TB: Call for everyone to champion empowering language free from stigma and discrimination.

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Linezolid dosing as part of three-drug regimen for drug-resistant TB

In February, the CDC released provisional guidance for the use of pretomanid as part of the bedaquiline, pretomanid and linezolid (BPaL) regimen to treat drug-resistant tuberculosis.

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20% of multidrug-resistant TB cases in children could be averted by household testing and treatment

New modelling study suggests that testing household contacts and preventive treatment could avert almost 4,000 deaths in children under 15 globally every year.

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Great step forward to set up digital and real-time reporting of TB data

New Digital TB Surveillance System Report on 19 countries.

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WHO issues Information Note on ensuring continuity of essential TB services for people with or at risk of the disease in Ukraine and refugee-hosting countries

19 May 2022 | Geneva: The World Health Organization (WHO) is working closely with Ukraine, countries hosting refugees, affected populations and partners to rapidly respond to the humanitarian crisis caused by war and minimize disruptions to the delivery of critical health care services. As part of these overarching efforts, WHO is working to enable access to tuberculosis (TB) care services for all people with or at risk of TB within Ukraine and in refugee-hosting countries.

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Are oral swabs the future of TB testing?

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that every year 40% of people who fall ill with tuberculosis (TB) globally are not diagnosed. There is thus an urgent need for faster, safe, and more convenient TB tests. The current gold standard of testing still requires people to cough up sputum, something that some people and children, in particular, struggle with. The coughing up of sputum also poses an infection risk to healthcare workers collecting sputum samples.

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Researchers uncover dynamics of adaptive immunity in TB

PITTSBURGH, 17 May 2022 – Unlike other infectious diseases that affect the lungs, the immune response to fight tuberculosis (TB) infections develops at least twice as slowly. Until recently, the dynamic interplay between bacteria and the host’s immune system remained unclear, hampering the development of effective therapies against the disease, which kills more people worldwide than HIV/AIDS and is second only to COVID-19.

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