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India to see largest rollout of TB drugs this year

India is to be the first country to roll out the world’s first easily-dissolvable and flavoured TB drug. The child-friendly tablets, which are a combination of two or more medicines in a fixed dose combination, have been recently introduced through the government’s TB control programme in six states and will now be launched privately and through government centres in the remaining states this year

April 19, 2017
Times of India, Times of India

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Tuberculosis surveillance to cover 70 vulnerable areas in Mumbai from August 1

Around 35,000-40,000 people are diagnosed with TB every year in Mumbai but health workers said certain patients could be missing treatment and spreading the disease. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has identified 70 areas that are vulnerable to tuberculosis and created a team of 374 health officers for ‘door-to-door’ surveys to identify patients

July 28, 2017
Hindustan Times

TB infection at mass facilities on rise: report

Suspected cases of tuberculosis outbreaks at mass facilities more than tripled in South Korea over the past three years, a report showed. According to a report from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the government conducted 3,502 epidemiological investigations in 2016 for possible TB outbreaks at schools, hospitals and other mass facilities where at least one person was confirmed to have contracted the infectious disease. The number of surveys more than tripled from 1,142 in 2013

July 20, 2017
Korea Herald

Venezuela convertida en foco de enfermedades prevenibles y erradicadas

Venezuela has become the focus of outbreaks of new diseases once believed to be eradicated in the country, and others, which were very treatable, such as TB, malaria, Chagas disease, dengue and diphtheria. Now, due to the decay of its public health system which has all but broken down because of political turmoil, the breakdown of all disease prevention vaccination programmes is just a symptom of this full-scale collapse

July 10, 2017
El Carabobeno

Outbreak hits 24 at Kampong Speu prison

Twenty-four inmates in Kampong Speu’s provincial prison – where five prisoners escaped earlier this week – are reportedly experiencing a combination of respiratory difficulties, coughing, skin rashes and swollen legs. Visiting the prison after the escape, Licadho Provincial Coordinator Ung Somith observed inmates suffering from a variety of ailments, which he described as “swollen legs, lung sickness, cough and skin diseases”. Somith said he could not determine whether the prisoners had tuberculosis but that inmates had trouble breathing

June 23, 2017
Phnom Penh Post

Multi Drug Resistant Tuberculosis on the rise in city

Multi Drug Resistant (MDR) Tuberculosis is on the rise in Kolkata and its outskirts at an alarming rate, said doctors who joined a programme organised by Tuberculosis Health Action Learning Initiative (THALI). Statistics say that 2 percent more paediatric TB cases have been reported from the city than the national average. Malnourished children in Bengal are more vulnerable to TB than others. Around 34 percent of children are overweight which also contributes to the increasing number of victims. Dr Sushmita Roy Chowdhury, a lung expert, said that what is alarming is that more children are falling victim to the disease

June 10, 2017
Millenium Post

TB cases up 23% in state in just one year

Despite the Karnataka state government spending large sums on preventative measures, tuberculosis has risen by 23% in the state in just one year. The percentage could even be much higher than this when the number from private hospitals are included. According to revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme figures, the number of registered patients with TB in 2016 was 60,751 up from 49, 396 a year before. Around 900 of the registered patients have been diagnosed with multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB)

June 4, 2017
Deccan Herald

Alerta: en 2017 van 140 casos de tuberculosis

In Colombia, Cartagena health authorities told the press that the backdrop of TB cases is still a significant concern to them as the number of cases has stayed high over the last three years. In 2016, there were 263 TB patients of which 33 died but only seven directly from TB itself. 2015 saw 277 cases with 34 deaths, 20 directly linked to TB. In 2014, there were 292 cases and 28 deaths with 18 directly caused by TB

May 15, 2017
El Universal

Multidrug-resistant TB will rise in India, says new study

A month after the Indian Health Ministry set itself the target of eliminating TB by 2025, a new study in the Lancet says India’s TB crisis is likely to get worse. The report projects that by 2040, the percentage of Multidrug Resistant TB will make up 32.5% of all TB cases in Russia, 12.4% of the TB cases in India, 8.9% of the TB cases in the Philippines, and 5.7% of all TB cases in South Africa. The findings are alarming as India is home to the most serious ‘hotspots’ of MDR-TB transmission, especially in overcrowded cities such as Mumbai. Not only does India shoulder the highest TB burden in the world, with over 2m of the 10m reported cases, it also accounts for the most drug-resistant patients – nearly 1.3 lakh people who do not respond to first line drugs

May 10, 2017
The Hindu

The Deadliest Form Of Tuberculosis Is Snowballing In Countries That Are Already Hard Hit

The deadliest forms of TB are worsening in four of the countries with the largest number of TB cases, according to a new Lancet Infectious Disease journal report. While TB has an over 83% cure rate, on average globally, multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) which is resistant to the standard antibiotic regimen, has about a 52% survival rate if treated. Extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB) has a 28% survival rate when treated. Currently 40% of all multi-drug TB resistant cases occur in Russia, India, the Philippines and South Africa. This study predicts by 2040 it will be 1:3 in Russia, 1:10 in the Philippines and 1:20 in South Africa – massive increases on the year 2000 baseline

May 9, 2017
Huffington Post
May 10, 2017
First Post
May 9, 2017
Science Mag
May 10, 2017
May 9, 2017

65 People Test Positive For Tuberculosis At Adult Day Care In EP

In Dallas health authorities tested 200 people for possible tuberculosis exposure at an adult day care centre and 65 results came back positive. Authorities are now conducting additional tests on those 65 people to check the status of their TB

April 20, 2017
April 19, 2017
KFox14, KVIA

Lunda-Sul: Autoridades sanitárias registam mais de 11 mil casos de malaria

Authorities in the Angolan province of Lunda-Sul said they have recorded more than 11,000 cases of malaria in the year to date. The municipality of Dala saw 1,704 cases, Muconda 1,309, Cacolo 352 cases and Saurimo the most with 7,700 cases

April 20, 2017
Agencia Angola Press

120 Alerted On Tuberculosis Case At UH-Hilo

Hawaiian health authorities notified approximately 120 students and staff members of the University of Hawaii at Hilo campus of possible exposure to a tuberculosis case. The department of health is investigating the case and evaluating potential contacts and possible exposure and people will receive notification as to whether TB testing is recommended

April 12, 2017
Big Island Video News, Khon2.com

Hundreds diagnosed with tuberculosis in Ghazni

Local health officials in Ghazni (Pajhwok) in Afghanistan said that 1,600 people, half of them women, have been diagnosed with TB in southern Ghazni province. Local people have been complaining about an absence of health clinics for some while so the numbers are likely to be far higher

April 11, 2017
Pajhwok News

Panama government failed to notify OIE of a bovine outbreak for four months

Panamanian government health officials were called out by the press for not formally notifying the OIE of an outbreak of bovine tuberculosis, which could put at risk both public health but also lead to restrictions on meat exports from the country. The government sat on the information for four weeks, claiming they were waiting to receive all the phyto-sanitary paperwork before doing so

April 11, 2017
La Prensa

MINSA says there is no phytosanitary alert for bovine TB in milk in Chiriqui province

There were also reports that Panamanian health authorities in the province of Chiriqui have withdrawn milk products from supermarkets which contained evidence of bovine TB from the province of Chiriqui. MINSA said it was due to problems with the systems of pasteurization and said people were spreading false rumours

April 10, 2017
La Estrella, Critica Panama
April 11, 2017
Metro Libre

Ceuta, Melilla y Galicia registran las tasas más altas de tuberculosis

Ceuta, Melilla and Galicia record the highest number of cases of tuberculosis in Spain. Around 100,000 people in Spain are infected with TB each year, but more than 80% of them are never diagnosed. About seven out of every 100,000 people living on the Canary Islands have tuberculosis. Spain is among the list of those countries with most cases of TB in the European Union, registering, on average, 13 new cases every day

March 21, 2017
El Medico Interactivo, TeInteresa, Noticanarias
March 23, 2017
La Opinion
March 21, 2017
La Informacion, La Verdad de Ceuta

Fight against Tuberculosis spread far from over in PNG

The media confirmed that the fight against the spread of tuberculosis in PNG is far from over. There is an outbreak of TB inside the Poli Santa Teresa prison in Venezuela. A case of TB has been confirmed in Copiapo in Chile. In Colombia, the city of Manizales has confirmed another 60 patients have TB with a further 21 already diagnosed

March 21, 2017
March 20, 2017
Diario la Voz
March 22, 2017
El Quehay decierto, EJE21
March 20, 2017

Tuberculosis deaths fall in Europe

The number of people developing and dying from TB in Europe is falling, but among the vulnerable, including migrants, prisoners and people who are HIV positive, there are still worrying increases, the new data shows. The Times of India announced the number of TB cases in Aurangebed is on the rise, with the Herald Goa reporting that TB is now a bigger cause of mortality worldwide than malaria and AIDS combined. Ghana reported that it saw more cases of TB in 2016 (14,632) than in 2015 when it had 9,714 cases

March 20, 2017
March 17, 2017
Times of India
March 18, 2017
March 17, 2017

Rivers Has Estimated 23,199 Tuberculosis Cases – Director

Rivers State had an estimated 23,199 cases of tuberculosis during 2015, according to health authorities. In that year ,no more than about 10% of all of these cases were detected officially, meaning there are huge numbers of cases hidden in communities. The main concerns held by health experts are; low community awareness of the disease, non-adherence to treatment leading to drug resistance and the poor approach of some health workers tasked with TB control

March 15, 2017
Sundiata Post

Tuberculosis rising in Davao Region

The DOH-Davao region in the Philippines say they have seen a sharp rise in tuberculosis cases in the area and this is worrying the health department. Around 100 people died from TB last year, with Davao City posting the most cases. The official incomplete data for 2016 is already showing 12,000 cases and health authorities said they were intensifying their information programme to avoid the disease being driven underground

March 15, 2017
Sun Star

MINSA declara urgencia sanitaria ante casos de tuberculosis

Health authorities in Panama (MINSA) announced a health emergency, due to a tuberculosis outbreak, and admitted they hope to raise the wider alarm about the country’s lack of medical supplies to be able to treat TB cases that present themselves

March 9, 2017

Declaran urgencia sanitaria por manejo de la tuberculosis

Panamanian health authorities have declared a health emergency, due to the high risk that they will not have enough medicines at their disposal to be able to properly fight an outbreak of tuberculosis 

March 8, 2017
Panama America

Half of 4.3 million undocumented TB cases in India, Indonesia,

The World Health Organization said that India, Indonesia and Nigeria accounted for almost half of the estimated 4.3m cases of tuberculosis worldwide that were not documented by health authorities in 2015

March 8, 2017
DNA India

Caso de tuberculosis en la base de Guantánamo

The U.S. Army confirmed there has been a case of tuberculosis at the Guantanamo naval base in Cuba. They said the case was not someone who worked in the hospital, or one of the 41 remaining prisoners, and the Army has put everyone working at the base on a heightened state of alert

March 6, 2017
TeleMundo 51

Tijuana, primer lugar en tuberculosis en el país

Tijuana is among the top 100 cities in Latin America with the most cases of tuberculosis, and it is number one for cases in Mexico, according to a popular local health news programme

March 2, 2017

Study discovers new TB strain in SA

A new study has found that two thirds of patients with extensive drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB) have incurable TB. XDR-TB is resistant to four key TB antibiotics and TB is the leading cause of death in South Africa among both men and women 

February 28, 2017

Non communicable diseases

COPD remains poorly addressed

Rising incidence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) belies awareness levels about the condition among the masses warranting greater awareness. “Besides smoking, in rural India, COPD is also being increasingly seen among women exposed to biomass cooking fuel. Post tuberculosis treatment, some patients who have not initiated treatment on time also have COPD,” said K. Subhakar, superintendent, Government Chest Hospital, calling for government’s intervention to address lung health, including controlling the availability of cigarettes

June 11, 2017
The Hindu

Diabetes y bajas defensas podrían provocar tuberculosis

Health expert Juan Jose Atilano Garcia said that people with diabetes and deficiencies to their immune systems are more likely to develop tuberculosis. People who are already carriers of the bacterium see typical symptoms such as cough, fever, loss of weight and malnutrition

May 8, 2017
Huffington Post, Informador

Diabetics more prone to TB: SVIMS study

Diabetes is increasingly becoming a major contributor to TB, worldwide data shows. Epidemiological modelling data suggests 14.8% of all pulmonary TB cases in India and 20% of sputum smear positive cases have diabetes, suggesting it’s a substantial contributor to the burden of TB, in addition to HIV/AIDS, corticosteroid, immune-suppressant drug use and alcoholism

March 25, 2017
The Hindu
March 27, 2017
The Hindu

People with type 2 diabetes need to get off their chairs

People with Type 2 diabetes who sit all day have a riskier blood fat mixture than those who move around or exercise periodically throughout the day, according to researchers in Australia. Breaking up sitting reduces the levels of lipids in the bloodstream that are associated with type 2 diabetes and its complications

March 24, 2017
March 25, 2017
Business Standard

'Greater focus on research in multi-drug resistant TB needed'

The Indian Society for Clinical Research said it believed there needs to be a greater focus on research into multi-drug resistant TB. This will lead to the development of innovative treatments for drug-resistant TB and reduce India’s healthcare cost burden and save lives

March 22, 2017
Times of India

'8 in 10 tuberculosis cases undetected in Nigeria'

Nearly eight out of every ten cases of tuberculosis go undetected, according to the National TB and Leprosy Control Programme

March 13, 2017
Daily Trust
March 9, 2017
Anadolu Agency

'Tuberculosis' kills 14 in Myanmar’s remote north

At least 14 people have died from pulmonary tuberculosis in a remote and impoverished region of Myanmar’s north this year, according to officials

March 9, 2017
Anadolu Agency
March 13, 2017
Daily Trust

No salary for the last nine months: NACP employees forced to live on alms

Employees of the National Aid Control programme in Pakistan have not been paid for the last nine months and have had to live on hand outs and alms from the community. It seems the Ministry of Planning has wanted to consolidate the three programmes (HIV, TB and Malaria) into one programme to make it more effective, but it has just not got around to organising it 

March 8, 2017
Pakistan Today

'Epidemics' of TB and pneumonia could hit Ireland due to antibiotic resistance

Epidemics of TB and pneumonia could hit Ireland due to antibiotic resistance. The Journal pointed to misuse and overuse of medication, which will eventually fuel a nationwide health crisis, if the parlous state of antibiotic resistance is not reversed

March 3, 2017
The Journal

Health systems

The poison in your cabinet: Kenya’s fake drugs scourge

Criminals are smuggling all manner of medicine, most of it fake, into Kenya, putting millions of people at a huge risk of poisoning. The global health entity estimates that about 100,000 deaths a year in Africa are linked to the counterfeit drug trade. The International Policy Network estimates that, globally, 700,000 deaths a year are caused by fake malaria and tuberculosis drugs

July 3, 2017
Daily Nation

5000 Queensland babies on waiting list for tuberculosis vaccine

Just a year after the Queensland Government introduced its “no jab, no play” policy in a bid to combat anti-vaxxers, it has emerged 5000 of the state’s children are on a waiting list for a tuberculosis vaccine. A chronic global shortage of the Bacille Calmette Guerin vaccine meant it was unavailable in Australia for all of 2016 and health authorities are struggling to clear the backlog, leaving thousands of children without defence to the wasting disease once known as consumption

June 24, 2017

In global health, modest cuts do major damage

Among the headline grabbers emanating from Washington these days, a dire threat is being ignored: the White House’s proposed budget cuts would derail efforts to end the biggest infectious disease killers of our time: AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Even modest cuts to global health would have real and immediate human consequences. In fact, just a $1 million reduction to the Global Fund is projected to translate to 1,330 fewer lives saved, 62,000 fewer bed nets distributed, 1,530 fewer people treated for TB, and 1,070 fewer people receiving lifesaving HIV treatment

June 8, 2017
The Hill

Kenya submits US$355 million funding request to global fund

Kenya’s health ministry said it has submitted a funding request application to the Global Fund seeking US$355m to finance healthcare interventions in the country for the 2018-2020 period. The ministry said most of the grant will be used to procure commodities and lifesaving medicine for HIV, TB and Malaria

May 27, 2017
News Ghana, Standard Media
May 26, 2017
Star Kenya

Chance of newborn survival: Somalia better off than India

India has fallen 11 places in the Global Burden of Disease rankings for healthcare access to 154th position in the new study published in The Lancet. India’s downward slide indicates it has failed to achieve healthcare targets, especially on neonatal disorders, maternal health, tuberculosis and rheumatic heart disease

May 20, 2017
The Hindu

Budget to eliminate TB slashed by Rs 4,000 crore

The budget for the Indian National Strategic Plan to eliminate tuberculosis by 2025 has been cut back from Rs16,000 to Rs12,000 crore in the proposal sent to the Prime Minister’s Office for final approval. The plan originally envisaged a budget of Rs19,000 crore, according to health ministry sources. The plan proposes greater and better incentivized engagement with the private sector that treats the bulk of TB cases, availability of molecular tests, SMS service to ensure better patient compliance and a new body to coordinate better nutritional support

May 7, 2017
Indian Express

Bridging The Gap Between Tuberculosis Innovation And Access

The authors praise the emergence of new diagnostic tools for TB, and the emergence of new drugs to treat it, but frontline health experts are realising that availability of new tools does not necessarily result in widespread access. They’ve undertaken an analysis and published a report identifying the main barriers blocking scale-up and patient access to these newly approved TB treatment tools  

May 2, 2017
Huffington Post

Why India should use private pharmacies in its war on tuberculosis

India has over 850,000 private pharmacies or chemists nationwide, yet only nine percent of them have been engaged in efforts to control tuberculosis, according to a January 2017 paper published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Practice and Policy. Despite making drugs and treatment free for TB since 1997, nearly 2.2m people, or around 50% of TB patients sought treatment in the private sector, according to a Nov 20th study in The Lancet

April 4, 2017
Economic Times

How poor vaccine supply systems put thousands of Kenyans at risk

Outdated vaccine supply and distribution systems are delaying and limiting the impact of vaccines, placing the health of millions of people at risk, according to new articles published in Vaccine Journal. One in every three countries in the world experiences at least one stockout of at least one vaccine for at least one month, while 19-38% of vaccines worldwide are accidentally exposed to freezing temperatures, potentially compromising the potency of the vaccines

April 2, 2017
The Star Kenya

Communicable diseases

Chennai lab to start production of anti-tuberculosis vaccine by November

BCG Vaccine Laboratory will start production of anti-tuberculosis vaccine for children by November 2017, Union health minister J P Nadda said. The lab will help the Centre cut costs on vaccines by nearly half, health ministry officials say. Presently, the central government purchases BCG vaccines from private pharmaceutical companies for the universal vaccination programme

July 28, 2017
Times of India

10 die of TB every day in Delhi, finds NGO

At least 10 people die every day in Delhi of tuberculosis, a curable disease, exposing a huge healthcare deficit in the national capital. Nearly 47% of the deaths are of people in the productive age group of 15 to 44 years. This data, an average of TB deaths in 2014 and 2015, was accessed by NGO Praja Foundation through RTI applications in all municipal and state government-run hospitals. "The actual number of deaths due to TB in Delhi could be much higher. Our data is based on deaths reported by hospitals which constitute only about 60% of all deaths,” the NGO said

July 27, 2017
Times Of India, India Times, Business Standard

GeneXpert for Tuberculosis can detect viral load in HIV: Study

Doctors at Kasturba Medical College in Mangalore decided to put their GeneXpert machine, which is in routine used to detect if the sputum sample is resistant to first line TB drug, Rifampacin, to use for detecting viral loads in HIV patients. In 96.6 per cent of cases, the viral load figures for a patient on both GeneXpert and TaqMan Assay fell within threshold of statistical acceptability

July 19, 2017

Indian scientists develop new method of combating tuberculosis, identify molecules that inhibit ...

A group of Indian scientists have identified molecules which are effective in inhibiting the growth of tuberculosis-causing bacteria - Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The molecules target an important gene, IdeR, which is essential for the survival of the bacteria. This development could lead to new drugs against TB in future

July 17, 2017
First Post.com

NGO says 18 people succumb to tuberculosis every day

Estimating that Mumbai has witnessed at least 32,862 deaths due to tuberculosis since 2012, NGO Praja shared projections that 18 people succumb to the infectious disease every day. Cases of tuberculosis have risen from 36,417 in 2012-13 to 50,001 in 2016-17, information obtained through the Right to Information law from government hospitals, dispensaries and clinics in Mumbai showed

July 13, 2017
Indian Express, NDTV, Times of India

New Cornell discovery could lead to effective treatment for tuberculosis

The mechanisms of how Mtb bacteria assimilate the host`s fatty acids have remained a mystery until now. Using a genetic screen, scientists identified genes involved in cholesterol metabolism. This identified the gene LucA. Further work determined that LucA interacts with subunits of specific proteins in the Mce1 and Mce4 complexes, which import fatty acids and cholesterol, respectively

July 7, 2017
News Medical

Undersea life holds promise for killing tuberculosis

The UCF team screened 4,400 chemical extracts derived from extracts of sponges and other marine organisms to see if they could kill the dormant tuberculosis bacteria. "To our knowledge this is the largest marine natural product screening on TB and the only one that focused on dormant bacteria," the team said. The team identified 26 compounds that were active against replicating tuberculosis bacteria, 19 killed dormant bacteria including seven that were active against both

July 6, 2017
Science Daily, Infection Control Today

WHO's Recommended Treatment To Tackle Tuberculosis Not Yet Implemented

India may be sitting on the edge of yet another tuberculosis epidemic. India accounts for 2.8 million of the 10.4 million new tuberculosis cases globally, according to the World Health Organisation Global TB Report 2016. WHO revised its estimates in 2016 after improved surveillance data from India and found a 34% spike in new cases. Amongst this the cases for Multi Drug Resistant TB have also risen

July 6, 2017

New report reveals that countries are still not tackling tuberculosis

The third edition `Out of Step’ report published by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Stop TB has highlighted the need for governments to increase efforts to combat tuberculosis. India has not taken up this challenge and the molecular test is not the initial TB diagnostic test for adults and children being investigated for TB here, the Out of Step report has said. Smear microscopy is often used as the initial diagnostic test in the private sector, where up to 70% of people are treated - and delays in diagnosis and treatment initiation are common

July 5, 2017
Indian Express, MSF.org

Nigeria adopts shorter treatment for drug-resistant Tuberculosis

Nigeria has adopted a new regimen that reduces the time required for the treatment of multi-drug-resistant TB from 20 months to about nine months.The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, flagged off the regimen when he commissioned the first extensive drug-resistant Tuberculosis ward and fully-equipped MDR ward at the University College Hospital, UCH, in Ibadan, Oyo State

July 4, 2017
Premium Times
July 7, 2017
TV 360 Nigeria

WHO for use of devices to test multiple diseases

The World Health Organization released new advice to countries, recommending the use of multi-disease testing devices for Tuberculosis, HIV and Hepatitis. A single device called the GeneXpert can be used to diagnose TB and HIV infections, and quantitatively measure HIV and hepatitis C viral loads. India recently procured 600 GeneXpert machines for the National Tuberculosis programme. “With the power and adaptability of molecular technologies, we are in an era of great advancement for the rapid diagnosis of many diseases using single platforms,” said Dr Mario Raviglione, Director of WHO’s Global TB Programme

June 27, 2017
The Hindu

Malnutrition, lack of hygiene add to Tuberculosis risk

Tuberculosis spreads faster in packed settings and the transmission of the disease is high in large crowds if a person infected with TB is a part of it. The burden of TB in India is 2.2 million which is the largest and its spread has to be controlled to tackle the disease. The Indian Council of Medical Research is looking at these aspects at the ground level as reports show that the disease burden continues to be high, despite various interventions by the government to control it. Congregate settings have been known to be a high risk environment for TB due to overcrowding, poor levels of nutrition and lack of hygienic conditions in their work environment. These factors add to the spread of the disease and tackling them by identifying the people early will help, experts say

June 25, 2017
Deccan Chronicle

Newly discovered antibiotic could help treat drug-resistant tuberculosis

A newly discovered antibiotic, produced by bacteria from a cystic fibrosis patient, could be used to treat cases of drug-resistant tuberculosis. The team discovered that one particular species, Burkholderia gladioli, which was isolated from the sputum of a child with cystic fibrosis, produces a new antibiotic they called gladiolin. This compound is similar in structure to another antibiotic that has been investigated for its ability to jam bacterial cell machinery, but gladiolin is much more stable and could therefore potentially be a better drug candidate. Further lab testing also showed that this antibiotic blocked the growth of four drug-resistant TB strains

June 24, 2017
News Medical

Threadworm infection can lead to active TB

A new study reveals that worm infection might be one of the major risk factors for individuals with latent tuberculosis infection to develop the active disease. The study was carried out in individuals with latent TB co-infected with intestinal worms (Strongyloides stercoralis). The exact cause of antibody increase is not yet fully understood; but the study was able to provide an evidence of a significant association of worm infection with modulation of B cell function

June 24, 2017
The Hindu

Biological fingerprint of tuberculosis meningitis discovered in children

Children with tuberculosis meningitis have a biological fingerprint that can be used to assess the severity of the condition, help decide the best course of treatment, and provide clues for novel treatments

June 21, 2017

Low levels of vitamin A may fuel TB risk

People with low levels of vitamin A living with individuals sick with tuberculosis may be 10 times more likely to develop the disease than people with high levels of the nutrient, according to research. The findings, published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, are based on an analysis of blood drawn from more than 6,000 household contacts of people diagnosed with TB in Lima, Peru. The study findings do not prove a cause-and-effect relationship between vitamin A levels and TB disease, the researchers caution, but the potent link between the two suggests that vitamin A supplementation might be an important part of controlling the spread of TB

June 12, 2017
Science Daily
June 13, 2017
Infection Control Today
June 14, 2017
Asian Age

Ukraine's fight against TB is at risk from USAID cuts

A United States Agency for International Development-funded digital health program to help Ukraine manage its growing drug-resistant tuberculosis epidemic is a textbook example of effective foreign aid, according to health experts who worked on the project — but the country’s fight against the disease is now at risk from looming cuts to U.S. development aid. Ukraine has the second-highest TB burden in Europe, and one of the highest estimated numbers of multidrug resistant TB, or MRD-TB, cases in the world

June 6, 2017

India Cannot Eliminate TB By 2025 Without Also Tackling Poverty And Undernutrition

The economics of tuberculosis remain neglected and often ignored by policymakers; poverty sustains TB and TB reinforces poverty, to date, TB costs India close to $24bn each year and mostly affects those in the 15-55 age group, impacting on productivity and creating unemployment. In India, a study established that the average period of loss of wages for an individual diagnosed with TB was three months. This is catastrophic for those employed in the ‘informal sector,’ and TB-induced poverty affects nutrition which impacts on recovery time and treatment completion

June 5, 2017
Huffington Post

Software to help stop spread of TB

The Indian Embassy to Cambodia has given a $50,000 grant to a project to help control the spread of tuberculosis in the kingdom. The money is to develop software which will be able to track the intake of TB medication and generate alerts if a patient misses a dose. It is hoped to reduce treatment delay by 3.4 times. It will also improve data accuracy and increase case detection

May 29, 2017
Khmer Times

Govt Details $460 Million Plan to Combat HIV/AIDS

According to the Myanmar government there are around 200,000 people living with HIV and 115,000 who receive antiretroviral treatment. The government will contribute 18% of the budget to a programme to combat HIV with the rest of the money coming from international organizations and NGOs, including the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Three Millennium Goals Development Fund and the relevant UN agencies

May 18, 2017
Irrawady News

More than 1 mn tuberculosis patients lack adequate nutrition

Undernutrition increases the severity of TB, reduces a patients’ speed of recovery, and increases their chances of suffering side effects from the medicine, and the likelihood of their becoming one of the 480,000 Indian lives that TB claims each year

May 13, 2017
Financial Express, The Quint, Hindustan Times, Business Standard

TB eradication by 2025 unrealistic, says ICMR's Dr Soumya Swaminathan

DNA India interviews Dr Soumya Swaminathan about prospects for healthcare in India over the next few years. She says “TB eradication in India by 2025 is unrealistic,” but she does feel “it is possible to eliminate leprosy by 2018”

May 1, 2017
DNA India

WHO’s deadly omission as tuberculosis marches on

After an uproar over the omission of TB from the WHO list of 12 pathogens that are resistant to antibiotics, the global body said it was considering editing the list to include TB. This list was intended to encourage R&D of new antibiotics in the midst of gloom that medicines are losing their power to cure diseases. Researchers and health specialists did not take kindly to Mycobacterium tuberculosis being omitted from a list of micro-organisms that pose the greatest public health risk

April 25, 2017
Business Daily

Positive signs as Asia-Pacific moves towards SDGs

Dr Shamshad Akhtar, under-secretary general of the UN and executive secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific, praised the efforts made by Asia Pacific nations to push ahead with the implementation of the 17 SDGs. She highlighted the domestication of the action plan by these countries, many of whom have developed a national sustainable development strategy, as a particular success. She picked out progress on gender equality in primary education and maternal mortality rates which are down, except for isolated pockets

April 3, 2017
The Phnom Penh Post
April 2, 2017
Malay Mail
April 3, 2017
Eurasia Review
March 31, 2017
The Irrawady

How successful were the millennium development goals?

A new study tries to measure the success of the Millennium Development Goals. The research indicates that at least 21 million lives were saved due to accelerated progress. Two-thirds of the lives saved were in sub-Saharan Africa, around a fifth were in China and India and the remainder were spread across the developing world. Between 8.8 to 17.3m of the lives saved were due to faster progress on child mortality; 8.7m due to expanded treatment for HIV Aids, 3.1m due to declines in TB deaths and approximately half a million due to improvements in maternal mortality

March 30, 2017
The Guardian
January 11, 2017
Brookings Institute

Tuberculosis: Experts blame disease spread on recession, malnutrition

Experts said the high incidence of tuberculosis among rural and city slum dwellers in Nigeria can be blamed, in some part, on the economic recession in the country. The experts also identified malnutrition as a key factor in reducing a TB patient’s chances of surviving treatment. Health professionals said ‘there is a need to focus more on TB screening and treatment as more Nigerians have lesser access to good meals which boost immunity against infection

March 29, 2017
Punch Nigeria

Do you pop pills without consulting a doctor? Inappropriate intake of antibiotics can destroy ...

Most doctors tend to treat a patient’s symptom and prescribe medicines in haste, sometimes before a consensus on the right medical condition, and then administer antibiotics. This lack of care is producing negligent results as there is an alarming increase in antibiotic resistance and antibiotics are gradually losing their capacity to fight an increasing number of diseases

March 28, 2017
Economic Times, Vanguard Nigeria

SA holds the key in curing multi-drug resistant TB

South Africa is one of the hardest hit countries by tuberculosis (TB), with more than 450 000 new cases reported each year - new radio interview

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Guardian Nigeria

India must fight TB harder as disease claims 1,400 every day

India continues to struggle to combat the disease with nearly 41% of TB patients in India failing to get adequate treatment causing nearly 5,000 deaths in the country every

March 24, 2017
Hindu Business Line

Russia Doesn’t Want Anyone to Know About Its HIV Epidemic

In 2015, the number of HIV cases detected in Russia bypassed 1m. According to the latest government data, 103,000 new cases were detected in 2016 alone. But given that only 20% of the population is tested, epidemiologists estimate that the real number of people infected is closer to 1.5m. In a country with a population of 143m, this is enough to declare an epidemic, according to WHO criteria. Even though several regional governments have spoken about an ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis, the federal government continues to deny complete reality

March 24, 2017

Rise of superbug tuberculosis hampers global control efforts

Rising rates of drug-resistant TB are threatening to derail decades of progress against the disease and new antibiotics to treat them are in their infancy. Around 1 in 5 cases of TB are now resistant to at least one major anti-TB drug, researchers for a new study found. Around 1 in 20 are multi-drug resistant or extensively drug resistant. Approximately half of global cases of MDR-TB are in India, China and Russia, but migration and international travel have allowed drug-resistant strains to appear in almost every part of the world

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Guardian Nigeria

Tuberculosis Critical Group of Bacteria, needs new Antibiotics ─ TB Alliance tells WHO

WHO was urged to add Mycobacterium tuberculosis to its crisis in new antibiotics critical group list, as groups say the world needs urgent research and development to combat drug-resistant TB bacteria. Campaigners told WHO TB is the world’s deadliest infectious disease, killing 1.8m people each year, and R&D investment into solutions are critically underfunded

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