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Human rights and TB

Addressing human rights for those affected by TB

TB in Iraq

Helping patients with TB in Iraq

World TB Day Statement

Lucica Ditiu’s message on World TB Day

Stop TB Partnership latent TB test results released

1 in 9 staff tested positive

GDF: Price of MDR-TB drug Cycloserine cut by half in 2015

Significant savings on account of price reduction.

GDF Information on Bedaquiline

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25 March - Doing the Right Thing: Human Rights for Those Affected by TBDoing the Right Thing: Human Rights for Those Affected by TB
25 March 2015 - Geneva, Switzerland - Human rights abuses are an important factor impacting the TB crisis, and as countries mark World TB Day, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria with support from the Stop TB Partnership have chosen to highlight this topic this week.

25 March - New childhood TB online course launchesNew childhood TB online course launches
The Union in collaboration with World Health Organization has launched an interactive online course, Childhood TB for Healthcare Workers. The six-module curriculum covers how to diagnose, treat and prevent childhood TB, including how to perform contact screening. The modules are interactive and ask participants to make decisions about patient care in various settings through case examples.

25 March - TB prevalence survey in Bangladesh commencesTB prevalence survey in Bangladesh commences
25 March 2015 - National TB Prevalence survey has started from March 2015. Pre-survey field test started from December 2014, in institutional and community settings. Pilot surveys in both urban and rural cluster were conducted in January and February 2015. Due to few challenges, it was uncertain to start the survey. But the research team worked out coping strategy for working in challenging condition, and was successful to initiate the survey. At first, urban clusters in Dhaka City is being surveyed. Till date survey has been completed in six clusters, and rest six cluster will be covered within April 2015 in this phase.

25 March - Improving TB Diagnosis: USAID Performance Evaluation of the TB CARE...Improving TB Diagnosis: USAID Performance Evaluation of the TB CARE Medical Specimen Transport System in Zimbabwe
25 March 2015 - Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe is among 22 countries worldwide designated as high burden countries (HBCs) for tuberculosis, with an estimated incidence of 552 per hundred thousand population. Case detection rates fall below international targets, estimated at about 45%. As part of efforts to improve TB diagnosis, the Zimbabwe National TB Control Programme (NTP) has identified a strategic need to strengthen referral networks and transport logistics between peripheral health facilities and laboratories.

25 March - Collaborating to deliver best-practice education for the management...Collaborating to deliver best-practice education for the management of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in South Africa
25 March 2015 - South Africa - The South African Department of Health (DoH) hosted an innovative workshop on the introduction of new agents in the management of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) from 9 - 13 February 2015, led by Dr. Norbert Ndjeka, Director of Drug-Resistant TB (DR-TB), TB and HIV. The workshop was delivered by a collaboration of South Africa’s National TB Programme, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) and supported by an educational grant from Janssen. The workshop was also consistent with the goals of the Janssen Global Public Health (GPH) unit, which seeks to create and implement innovative strategies to improve access to medicines, foster collaboration with key global health partners and support public health policies and technical solutions that address critical health needs in highly burdened communities.

25 March - Hear to Help: Enabling Early Detection of Hearing Loss Resulting...Hear to Help: Enabling Early Detection of Hearing Loss Resulting from Anti-Tuberculosis Treatment to Improve the Lives of Our Patients
25 March 2015 - South Africa - South Africa has one of the highest levels of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in the world, affecting 15,400 people in 2012 alone. Current standard of care for the disease involves the use of toxic medicines, which, among other side effects, can also cause hearing loss in about 30% of patients.

25 March - India Launches a TB Campaign NationwideIndia Launches a TB Campaign Nationwide
25 March 2015 - The highlight of India’s World TB Day celebrations was the nationwide launch of the "TB Harega Desh Jeetega" awareness campaign featuring Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, at an event co-hosted by the Central TB Division (CTD), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the National Forum on TB (NFTB). The campaign was dedicated to the nation by the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Mr. Jagat Prakash Nadda, in the presence of leading policymakers, administrators, patient advocates, partner organizations, members of civil society and the media.

25 March - TB toll in South Africa is ‘disgraceful’ and ‘unacceptable’ says...TB toll in South Africa is ‘disgraceful’ and ‘unacceptable’ says Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
25 March 2015 - The private gala screening of the film Breathe Umphefumlo and its introduction by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has brought home the grim reality of the toll TB has taken on so many South Africans.

25 March - The Union’s IMDP runs course on monitoring and evaluationThe Union’s IMDP runs course on monitoring and evaluation
25 March 2015 - The Union's International Management Development Programme (IMDP) strengthens global health systems by training public health professionals in specific management competencies that are essential for health programmes to provide quality care for patients.

24 March - TB is India’s Ticking Time Bomb say Eminent CitizensTB is India’s Ticking Time Bomb say Eminent Citizens
This World TB Day, a group of concerned and eminent citizens have written an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to make TB control a priority in India terming it as a national crisis.

24 March - Leicester University celebrates first World TB DayLeicester University celebrates first World TB Day
24 March 2015 - Leicester, UK - The Department of Infection Immunity and Inflammation hosted Leicester University’s first World TB Day. The aim of this year’s event was to encourage collaboration between researchers at the university and clinical staff in the surrounding 3 hospitals.

24 March - Keeping TB patients under treatment is a priority in IraqKeeping TB patients under treatment is a priority in Iraq
24 March 2014 - The sectarian violence that dramatically increased in much of Iraq in 2014 has displaced more than 2.5 million people. This, combined with the quarter of a million refugees fleeing to northern Iraq from the conflict in Syria, have put a great strain on a health system that had been making modest progress in its recovery from the prolonged crisis of the past decade. The frequent mobility and the cramped living conditions of those displaced are a particular challenge for the country’s tuberculosis (TB) programme.

24 March - World TB Day Statement from the Executive Secretary of the Stop TB...World TB Day Statement from the Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership: The Courage of Saving Lives
24 March 2015 - Johannesburg, South Africa - This World TB Day, I write to you from South Africa, as part of the event to launch an unprecedented national effort and campaign - impressive because of its vision, boldness, country ownership and courage. I am here with the Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi (Chair of the Stop TB Partnership Board) and numerous other guests as the country launches its biggest campaign ever under the overall umbrella of ‘Ending South Africa’s TB epidemic: Accelerating our response in key populations’ to win the fight against TB. The country's national strategic plan is hugely ambitious with a call for all South Africans to be screened for TB at least once a year. This is a bold step in the direction of moving from just 'saving the dying' to a state of 'keeping the population healthy and devoid of TB'.

24 March - Beyond the clinic door, Red Cross volunteers provide home-based care...Beyond the clinic door, Red Cross volunteers provide home-based care to those suffering from tuberculosis
24 March 2015 - The poor, people living with HIV, drug users, migrant population, children and women and prison inmates among others are those who are disproportionately affected by tuberculosis (TB) and often missed. Every year, one in hundred people develop TB in South Africa. HIV and TB are closely connected. HIV weakens the immune system hence people living with HIV are more susceptible to developing TB and are at greater risk of dying if they do not have access to proper treatment.

23 March - Training of Physicians for the Introduction of New Drugs for the...Training of Physicians for the Introduction of New Drugs for the Treatment of Drug-Resistant TB in Georgia
23 March 2015 - Georgia - Drug-resistant tuberculosis represents one of the biggest challenges for public health in Georgia. In 2013 one out of ten new TB patients was found to be multi-drug resistant (MDR). The country has achieved the universal access to MDR TB detection and treatment but has had difficulty bringing as lost to follow up rates and increasing treatment success. Due to the length and complexity of the treatment, currently one in three patients are lost to follow up, and the treatment success rate has remained at 50%.

19 March - The Union and Otsuka Open Nominations for 2nd Global TB Research &...The Union and Otsuka Open Nominations for 2nd Global TB Research & Innovation Award
Paris, France and Tokyo, Japan (19 March 2015) - For the second straight year, in recognition of World TB Day 2015, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) and Otsuka announced the call for nominations for the Young Innovator in TB Research Award, aimed at recognizing young scientists who have pursued innovative advancements in tuberculosis (TB) research.

19 March - Stop TB Partnership initiative reveals surprising results -- 1 in 9 staff...Stop TB Partnership initiative reveals surprising results -- 1 in 9 staff tested positive for latent TB infection
Last week we shared worldwide the fact that 47 colleagues working at the Stop TB Partnership Secretariat, UNOPS, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria took an Interferon Gamma Release Assay (IGRA test)* to determine if the person is infected with latent TB.

19 March - Stop TB Partnership staff get tested for TB: A call for universal access...Stop TB Partnership staff get tested for TB: A call for universal access to TB testing, diagnosis and treatment!
19 March 2015 -- Geneva, Switzerland -- In an initiative to highlight that there should be no stigma associated with tuberculosis (TB) and that anyone could be infected with TB no matter where they live, the Stop TB Partnership Secretariat staff, colleagues from UNOPS and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria are today getting tested through an interferon gamma release assay (test) that will determine if the person is infected with latent TB.

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