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"New TB Ambassador

Mayor of London appoints Emma Thompson.

"Gender Assessment tool on TB, HIV and TB/HIV

The workshop brought together 30 experts from 21 countries.

"Reach, Treat, Cure Everyone"

Stop TB Partnership announces theme for World TB Day 2015

Game changer:

USAID and Janssen announce free bedaquiline to treat MDR-TB

BRICS Health Ministers

Make Historic Commitments in the Fight Against TB

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27 January - Addressing TB and drug-resistant TB in the Eastern Ukrainian regionAddressing TB and drug-resistant TB in the Eastern Ukrainian region
27 January 2015 - The challenges in addressing the implementation of comprehensive HIV, TB and viral hepatitis prevention and treatment activities in the Eastern Ukraine affected by the warfare is complicated and escalating every week. With damaged transport routes between the settlements and a critical humanitarian situation, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine (Alliance-Ukraine) continues to support the operations of HIV prevention projects on behalf of 13 regional NGOs. Alliance-Ukraine also provide lifesaving TB and MDR-TB drugs to support the National TB program.

27 January - Addressing Drug-Resistant TB in North West Province, South Africa...Addressing Drug-Resistant TB in North West Province, South Africa through Decentralized Care and Treatment Services
27 January 2015 - In South Africa, the traditional model of care for MDR TB involves hospitalizing MDR TB patients during the intensive phase of their treatment (6-8 months) to ensure proper administration and adherence to treatment and to limit transmission. However, this model often results in bed shortages, delays in treatment initiation for MDR TB patients, a high likelihood of transmission of MDR/XDR TB at health facilities, and lack of social support for patients, who are isolated from their families during treatment and who may face financial burdens due to the lengthy hospital stays.

26 January - Survey on e/mHealth priorities for tobacco and tuberculosisSurvey on e/mHealth priorities for tobacco and tuberculosis
26 January 2015 -- Geneva, Switzerland -- Through the support of the European Respiratory Society, the World Health Organization (the Global TB Programme and the Department for the Prevention of Non-communicable Diseases) is holding a series of activities to explore electronic and mobile health (e/mHealth) interventions which could play a role in the care and control of tuberculosis and tobacco-related diseases.

26 January - Establishment of the Vietnam Community Network for TB ControlEstablishment of the Vietnam Community Network for TB Control
26 January 2015 - Ha Noi, Vietnam - In Vietnam, while key affected populations actively and strongly participate in HIV prevention, community's movement in TB control is rather quiet. With efforts of a number of concerned organizations such as the Center for Supporting Community Development Initiatives (SCDI) and the World Health Organization (WHO), the community has paid attention to TB activities starting with the self-nomination of community delegates as TB patient representatives in the Global Fund's Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM).

26 January - International partnership to create global TB data-sharing platformInternational partnership to create global TB data-sharing platform
26 January 2015 - Tucson, Arizona, United States - Recognizing an international need for a centralized, standardized data resource for globally diverse genomic and other clinically relevant tuberculosis data, the Critical Path to TB Drug Regimens (CPTR) initiative has begun development and implementation of a Rapid Drug Susceptibility Test (RDST) data-sharing platform in partnership with the Critical Path Institute (C-Path), FIND, the New Diagnostics Working Group (NDWG), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

21 January - Merit Award for Vietnam's exemplary TB controlMerit Award for Vietnam's exemplary TB control
21 January 2015 - Vietnam - Last month Country Representative in Vietnam Dr. Nguyen Thien Huong received the Merit Award and Memorial Symbol on behalf of KNCV for its significant contributions to Vietnam's socio-economic development in 2014. KNCV Central Office Staff in The Hague warmly congratulate their Vietnam Team colleagues for this honor. Their third award in five years: a great achievement indeed.

21 January - Expanding patient-centered care for TB patients in GeorgiaExpanding patient-centered care for TB patients in Georgia
21 January 2015 - Georgia - Georgia is a small country facing a big problem from TB, and a looming crisis of increasing rates of MDR TB. Beating this disease requires mobilizing the country in support of TB control efforts and developing new and creative ways to improve patient care and access to TB and MDR TB services.

21 January - Call for nomination of new GDI Core Group Member for 2015-2016Call for nomination of new GDI Core Group Member for 2015-2016
21 January 2015 - Geneva, Switzerland - The Global Drug-resistant TB Initiative (GDI) secretariat is pleased to announce a "Call for applications" for a new member to the Core Group (CG) of the GDI.

21 January - Stop TB Partnership applauds appointment of Emma Thompson as...Stop TB Partnership applauds appointment of Emma Thompson as new TB Ambassador
21 January 2015 -- Geneva, Switzerland -- The award-winning actress, Emma Thompson, was this week appointed as the new TB Ambassador by the Mayor of London. The appointment comes at a crucial time as the city currently has the highest number of TB cases in any capital city in the developed world.

20 January - The Union's SPARK-TB Plus program introduces Xpert MTB/RIF...The Union's SPARK-TB Plus program introduces Xpert MTB/RIF testing to the private sector in Uganda
20 January 2015 - Uganda - The introduction and WHO endorsement of the Xpert MTB/RIF assay in 2010 revolutionized TB diagnosis. The assay's improved sensitivity and specificity compared with smear microscopy means it is able to confirm TB disease in smear negative patients. This provides a huge benefit to people living with HIV/AIDS who often test negative by smear microscopy. In addition, the Xpert MTB/RIF test reduces the time needed to diagnose resistance to rifampicin from six weeks to just two hours. In Uganda, the first GeneXpert system was placed in the National Referral Hospital in Mulago in 2011. Since then, the National TB and Leprosy Program (NTLP) has installed 59 systems countrywide.

19 January - TBNet runs photo contest ahead of World TB Day 2015TBNet runs photo contest ahead of World TB Day 2015
19 January 2015 - TBnet is calling for photographs related to TB for a photo exhibition ahead of World TB Day 2015. Submissions of up to three photos with a title and description are required explaining what you wish to improve in TB treatment. The deadline for all submissions is 24 March 2015.

16 January - First time ever: Gender Assessment tool on TB, HIV and TB & HIVFirst time ever: Gender Assessment tool on TB, HIV and TB & HIV
16 January 2015 -- Nairobi, Kenya -- The way we seek to help and treat people living with HIV, the TB/HIV co-infection or those suffering from TB requires a systematic assessment from a gender perspective. It is essential that in order to succeed in the fight against TB, men, boys, women, girls and transgender people have an equal access to health services. Unless we take gender into consideration, such access may not be possible.

16 January - ERS/WHO Consilium provides expert advice to over 70 difficult...ERS/WHO Consilium provides expert advice to over 70 difficult TB cases across the world in first year
16 January 2015 - Over 70 difficult-to-treat TB cases have successfully received expert input from the ERS/WHO Consilium over the last year.

15 January - "Reach, Treat, Cure Everyone": Stop TB Partnership announces theme..."Reach, Treat, Cure Everyone": Stop TB Partnership announces theme for World TB Day 2015
15 January 2015 -- Geneva, Switzerland -- Every year, there is an estimated 9 million new TB cases but consistently 3 million cases were either not diagnosed, not treated, or diagnosed but not registered by national TB programmes (NTPs). Major efforts are needed to close this gap.

10 January - TB Network commits to implementation of Nigeria's National TB...TB Network commits to implementation of Nigeria's National TB Strategic Plan 2015-2020
10 January 2015 - Abuja, Nigeria - The Civil Society for the Eradication of Tuberculosis in Nigeria (TB-Network) emphasized its commitment in supporting the implementation of Nigeria's National TB Strategic Plan.

09 January - "SWIFT Response Project" Announced by Community of Global Drug..."SWIFT Response Project" Announced by Community of Global Drug Resistant-Tuberculosis Implementers"
09 January 2015 - In response to recent reports showing both the unacceptably high morbidity, mortality and financial costs of drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) , a pioneering group of international DR-TB experts has created the SWIFT Response Project. SWIFT stands for Society Working on Implementation to Fight TB and the goal of the group is to rapidly develop implementation tools to ensure optimal use of new TB drugs in order to provide the best possible outcomes for patients and programs. These drugs include bedaquiline, delamanid, linezolid and clofazimine.

05 January - Advocacy at its Best: The Mumbai ExperienceAdvocacy at its Best: The Mumbai Experience
05 January 2014 - Mumbai, India - On December 21, 2014, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) launched its "TB Harega Desh Jeetega" (TB will lose and the country will win) campaign, in a landmark moment for advocacy for TB prevention and control in India.

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