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

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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Progress on TB can be achieved in Africa

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 8 2022 - The news in many parts of the world is that tuberculosis (TB) is reclaiming the title of the world’s most deadly infection, even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to kill an estimated 1,450 people daily around the world. But this is not news to African countries, which are home to one third of the people globally who die from TB, even though they have less than one fifth of the world’s population.

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Equality and inclusion, for every child affected by TBĀ 

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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Shorter regimen for resistant TB could save $740 million a year

17 December 2022: An analysis yesterday by researchers with the TB Alliance, Stop TB Partnership, World Health Organization (WHO), and other groups estimates that the recently approved BPaLM/BPaL treatment regimen for drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) could save governments up to $740 million a year, enough to supply more than 400,000 people with almost a year's worth of DR-TB treatment.

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Chest X-ray aids in early diagnosis of children exposed to TB

In children exposed to tuberculosis, chest radiography helped in detecting asymptomatic coprevalent TB and predicting incident TB after baseline, according to a study in American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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Severe forms of TB, HIV coinfection more likely in women

Women had a higher risk for both severe forms of tuberculosis (TB) and HIV coinfection than men, suggesting additional research is needed to assess gender disparities in TB.

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Linezolid at lower doses may be more tolerable for multidrug-resistant TB

Improved outcomes and increased treatment tolerability to linezolid were observed in patients with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis who switched to a lower dose.

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Response to TB treatment trials results published and presented during the 2022 Union World Conference on Lung Health

Statement by Treatment Action Group (TAG) and the Global Tuberculosis Community Advisory Board (TB CAB)

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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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Consultation open: TB Community Accountability Report

Consultations are open to inform the TB Community Accountability Report on the Global Response to End TB. The report is being developed under the leadership of the Stop TB Partnership Affected Community and NGO Delegations but is envisaged to be a product that is owned by all TB affected community and civil society. The report will be presented at the 2023 UN High-Level Meeting on TB.

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