Brief news reports on Tuberculosis

Civil society orgs want more done on Xpert rapid TB test pricing in South Africa

Civil society groups remain unhappy with the price South Africa is paying for the GeneXpert MTB/RIF – a rapid diagnostic for tuberculosis (TB), multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) and TB in HIV-infected individuals developed by molecular diagnostics company Cepheid. Representatives from the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), The Treatment Action Group, The AIDS Rights Alliance of South Africa and Partners in Health called on Cepheid CEO John Bishop and Dr. Giorgio Roscigno of the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) – the company that co-developed Xpert with Cepheid – in a letter to do more to make the test affordable in South Africa and to shed some light on the pricing and price negotiation process.

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US: Medical problems of prisoners

In the United States, the Bureau of Justice surveys inmates in state and federal correctional facilities to quantify the incidence and prevalence of medical problems and conditions. These statistics clearly quantify the substantial burden of illness among those incarcerated.[7] It is no secret that prison inmates face health threats behind bars that equal anything they face in the streets. Violent assault, rape, or the outbreak of highly infectious diseases are much more common in correctional facilities than in the general population. Prison conditions can easily fan the spread of disease through overcrowding, poor ventilation, and late or inadequate medical care.

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53 European countries tackle killer diseases and public health

Public health is a matter of public concern. On every proposal before the WHO European Region’s governing body, meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan on 12–15 September 2011, WHO/Europe  has conducted wide consultation with technical experts, Member States, civil-society and partner organizations, and the online public.

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EU gives funds to South African fight against AIDS, TB

The European Union will contribute 126 million euros (108 million pounds) to South Africa's fight against AIDS and tuberculosis, in a region battling to gain ground in preventing HIV infections.

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Rwanda: Regional medics hail local TB program

Regional medical practitioners who have been in Rwanda for a one- week course have commended Rwanda's Program in overcoming Drug Resistant Tuberculosis.

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Australia: Tuberculosis warning

Doctors warn there could be dozens of deaths and the potential for tuberculosis to spread through mainland Australia when two medical clinics in the Torres Straits close.

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US: The migrant malady

A frightened man sat before the doctor, waiting patiently to be examined. As the doctor scribbled some notes, the man doubled over, heavy coughs racking his frail body. The doctor noted the coughs with rising alarm and immediately arranged for blood tests and a chest X-ray.

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MSF: Cash crunch hits Swaziland AIDS patients, shortages of TB drugs as well

An acute government funding crisis in Swaziland, Africa's last absolute monarchy, is disrupting supplies of HIV/AIDS drugs and hampering the fight against the virus in the country with the world's highest infection rate, Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) said Friday.

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A case control study: Factors associated with default from treatment among TB patients in Nairobi province, Kenya

Successful treatment of tuberculosis (TB) involves taking anti-tuberculosis drugs for at least six months. Poor adherence to treatment means patients remain infectious for longer, are more likely to relapse or succumb to tuberculosis and could result in treatment failure as well as foster emergence of drug resistant tuberculosis.

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Papua New Guinea, drug-resistant tuberculosis and Australia

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is currently in a battle with potentially preventable and treatable tuberculosis, as reported in today’s Age and Sydney Morning Herald newspapers. The disease has increased in the Pacific nation by 42% over the past decade.

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