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Friday, August 28, 2015 — No Region Specified

Tuberculosis Video Game Battles World’s Oldest Disease

Source: Develop

A new video game from Abertay University students and University of St Andrews scientists is taking on humanity’s oldest disease, tuberculosis.
Thursday, August 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

Bid protest denied on largest-ever USAID award

Source: Devex

The Government Accountability Office has denied a bid protest filed in response to the U.S. Agency for International Development’s award decision on the Global Health Supply Chain – Procurement and Supply Management project, the agency’s largest-ever contract, valued at $9.5 billion.
Friday, July 10, 2015 — No Region Specified

Bringing Innovation to the Front Line of Global Health

Source: PSI Impact

Lelio Marmora, UNITAID executive director, discusses how to accelerate introduction of effective new health solutions.
Friday, June 19, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Samsung Delivers Accessible Healthcare to Hammanskraal

Source: IT-Online

Samsung Electronics South Africa is addressing the need to provide accessible healthcare services in the Ga-Ramotse community in Hammanskraal. As part of its commitment to the communities in which Samsung serves, the organisation donated a Solar Powered Health Centre (SPHC). The SPHC supplies a variety of screenings, equipment and offers treatment to members of the community in need.
Thursday, May 21, 2015 — No Region Specified

Rapid TB Testing May Transform Global Health Care

Source: Vaccine News Daily

Scientists recently created a rapid antimicrobial resistance test that allows health professionals to diagnose and treat tuberculosis (TB) faster than ever, which may lead to a transformation of global health care.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 — No Region Specified

Bill Gates: You Can Help the World Save 34 Million Lives

Source: Quartz

If I told you that we could save the lives of, say, 10 million people, mainly by doing things we already know how to do, that would get your attention, right?
Thursday, April 16, 2015 — Europe & Eurasia

Viewpoint: Health Can Tackle (and Measure) Inequities

Source: Devex

We know that globally there are sufficient funds available to provide basic health services to everyone, everywhere.
Thursday, April 9, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

South Africa: Tuberculosis - Taxis' Deadly Passenger

Source: allAfrica

Millions of South Africans rely on minibus taxis daily, but South Africa's most widely used mode of public transport could also be ferrying a deadly passenger.
Thursday, April 2, 2015 — South Asia

India to Add More AIDS, TB Drugs to Essential Medicines List

Source: Reuters

India is likely to add more HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis drugs to its list of essential medicines that are subject to price caps, people directly involved in the process said, in a move to improve affordability of drugs to treat the deadly diseases.
Friday, March 27, 2015 — No Region Specified

Why Aren’t We Producing Medications for Looming Global Disease Threats?

Source: The Washington Post

In the United States, any cluster of tuberculosis cases makes headlines, no matter how small the numbers. For example, local health authorities recently issued a warning to medical providers after 15 residents of a New York City neighborhood contracted tuberculosis over a two-year period — and the tabloids promptly hyped the news.
Thursday, March 26, 2015 — No Region Specified

On the Path to End Tuberculosis: How Social Franchising Can Effectively Engage Private Practitioners

Source: PSI Impact

Over the past 20 years, that rallying cry has gone from fantasy to imperative. Since the advent of the World Health Organization’s directly observed treatment strategy in 1995, more than 61 million people have been successfully treated for tuberculosis, and new TB cases and TB-related deaths are on the decline. Furthermore, countries have achieved the Millennium Development Goal of halting and reversing the TB epidemic by 2015. Thus, today, we have important successes to celebrate. Ending TB is within reach.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 — South Asia

Indian Doctors Find Success in Tackling the 'Invisible Burden' of Tuberculosis

Source: Reuters

When Indian street-food seller Kumar Pal first began treatment for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis two years ago, he quickly spiraled into depression and gave up hope of living.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

South Africa Taps Emocha for Tuberculosis-Fighting Mobile Apps


Johns Hopkins-affiliated health IT startup emocha is marking World TB Day with the launch of a new system in South Africa.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 — South Asia

New Drugs Still Out of Reach for Most in India, World Tuberculosis Hotspot

Source: Reuters

The case of a Mumbai tailor cured of an extremely resistant form of tuberculosis this week has revived debate over a new drug to which the Indian government has limited access, prompting calls for change.
Friday, March 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

Top 10 Illnesses That Have Developed an Immunity to Vaccines

Source: Newsmax

The medical community has been issuing alerts about mutating viruses and increases in the frequency of infectious disease. The changes make it more difficult to control diseases that have become resistant to vaccines and antibiotics.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 — No Region Specified

Johns Hopkins Researchers Identify Key to Tuberculosis Resistance

Source: Infection Control Today

The cascade of events leading to bacterial infection and the immune response is mostly understood. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the immune response to the bacteria that causes tuberculosis have remained a mystery — until now.
Thursday, February 26, 2015 — No Region Specified

Tuberculosis Drug Candidate Begins Clinical Safety Trial

Source: Science and Development Network

The first clinical safety trial on a tuberculosis drug since 2009 is now under way. The phase I trial of TBA-354 will involve 50 volunteers from the United States, according to the TB Alliance, the not-for-profit product development partnership sponsoring the trial.
Thursday, February 19, 2015 — No Region Specified

New Tuberculosis Drug Enters First Trial: The Good and Sad News

Source: Devex

The maiden human trial of a potential tuberculosis drug — the first in six years — has now commenced.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 — South Asia

The Global Fund in China: Success Beyond the Numbers

Source: The Lancet

In June, 2014, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria completed its support for operations in China.1 The 10-year partnership between China and the Fund measurably improved China's management of the three diseases, but it also created benefits that extend far beyond the metrics usually used to assess public health programmes. These benefits include deeper engagement with civil society organisations, stronger public health systems, and the implementation of innovative approaches for disease management. As China celebrates these achievements, it must also devise a roadmap for continuing its record of success, now that the Fund has left.
Friday, January 23, 2015 — No Region Specified

Developing Countries Urged to Produce TB Vaccines Locally

Source: EurActiv

Even though one third of the global population have the microbes that cause tuberculosis (TB), pharmaceutical companies still have little incentive to produce the drugs that can combat the deadly but curable disease.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 — No Region Specified

Three NGOs Fighting Tuberculosis with Mobile Tech

Source: Forbes

Tuberculosis kills over a million people each year, mostly in developing countries, where poor public health systems hamper efforts to diagnose and treat it. But NGOs are now embracing new mobile health technologies that could help fight the disease more efficiently and cost-effectively.
Friday, January 2, 2015 — No Region Specified

Anti-Diabetic Drug Seen as More Effective Treatment for Tuberculosis

Source: Enterprise Innovation

Scientists have discovered that a drug for treating diabetes - Metformin (MET) - can also be used to boost the efficacy of TB medication without inducing drug resistance.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa: More Nations to Receive Tuberculosis-Fighting Drug

Source: allAfrica

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Janssen Therapeutics December 11 that aims to accelerate progress in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, specifically multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB).
Thursday, December 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

Drones Are Being Tested in the Fight Against a Tuberculosis Epidemic in Papua New Guinea

Source: Vice News

Drones have been trialled by Medecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to combat a centuries-old disease that has crippled communities in one of the most untamed wildernesses on earth.
Friday, October 31, 2014 — South Asia

Eli Lilly shares MDR-TB drug technology with Shasun Pharma

Source: LiveMint

US drug maker Eli Lilly and Company said on Thursday that it had shared the manufacturing technology for two antibiotic drugs meant for the treatment of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) with India’s Shasun Pharmaceuticals Ltd as part of its ongoing programme to increase access of these medicines in countries including India, China, Russia and South Africa, where drug-resistant TB is most prevalent.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 — No Region Specified

Vaccines targeting adults, teens best chance to eliminate TB

Source: Business Standard

Targets to eliminate tuberculosis (TB) by 2050 are more likely to be met if new vaccines are developed for adults and adolescents rather than infants, according to a new research.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Mobilizing against TB


Every year, more than one million people around the world die from tuberculosis, a disease that has been treatable and preventable for decades.
Monday, September 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Johnson & Johnson Announces New Grant to Harvard Medical School to Combat Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Source: Press release

Johnson & Johnson today announced its affiliate Janssen Pharmaceutica NV (Janssen) has entered into a novel collaboration with Harvard Medical School to address critical gaps in the global struggle against tuberculosis (TB).
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Test could ease diagnosis of tuberculosis in children

Source: SciDev.Net

A new genetic test for tuberculosis (TB) could dramatically improve the accuracy of diagnoses of infected children in developing countries, although a simple diagnostic kit could be some way off.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

Janssen and Stop TB Partnership to expand access to tuberculosis medicines

Source: Zenopa

Janssen has entered into a new agreement with the Stop TB Partnership that will facilitate access to tuberculosis therapies in a number of poorer countries.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

A New Public-Private Strategy to Combat Malaria and Tuberculosis

Source: Devex

Tuberculosis and malaria are two of the world’s most pervasive yet neglected diseases. Together, both affect one-third of the world’s population: three out of seven people globally are infected or at risk for malaria or TB, and one in seven are actually infected.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Balancing Profits Against Public Health in the Search for Innovative Vaccines

Source: Deutsche Welle English

There is no cure and no vaccine for the Ebola virus, which has killed about 70 people in Guinea. Vaccine expert Professor Adrian Hill tells DW why some vaccines take time. It's got to do with profit.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

In the Americas, One in Five People with Tuberculosis is Unaware of the Disease

Source: Health News Digest

In 2012, almost 220,000 cases were reported, and an estimated 19,000 people died from tuberculosis in the Americas.
Friday, March 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Alarming spread of drug-resistant TB threatens global health

Source: Medical News Today

The medical aid organization Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has published a briefing paper about the alarming spread of drug-resistant tuberculosis, which they refer to as the "biggest threat to global health you've never heard of."
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Drug-Resistant TB is Global Threat

Source: Voice of America

The medical aid group -- Doctors without Borders -- warns that drug-resistant tuberculosis has become a global threat. It says despite the growing number of cases, there are no effective treatments.
Monday, February 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Health-care innovations to drive down local costs

Source: Business Report

A diagnostic kit that can detect tuberculosis (TB) in 25 minutes, diagnosis of diabetes using a dipstick and a doctor consultation that can be capped at R50. These are just a few of the health-care innovations that South African medical researchers and companies have up their sleeves, and are planning to introduce to the health-care system in their bid to drive down costs.
Friday, January 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Tuberculosis trial fails to aid S. African miners

Source: Capital News

What researchers described as a “radical” bid to cut down on tuberculosis among South African gold miners has failed to prevent infections or deaths, said a study out Wednesday.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

Gates Foundation forms new health partnerships in South Africa

Source: Business Day

THE Medical Research Council (MRC) and the University of Cape Town (UCT) on Tuesday announced two new partnerships with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation aimed at finding new tools to fight HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria.
Thursday, January 2, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya's Health Funding Is Still Not Enough

Source: allAfrica

In Kenya, the allocation of total government expenditure to health has been below 10 per cent since 2002.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 — No Region Specified

A Victory for Rwanda

Source: U.S. News

The African country synonymous with violence is winning the battle against disease and death.
Friday, December 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

UNITAID approves grants of over $140 million

Source: UNITAID press release

UNITAID’s Executive Board has approved over $140 million in new funding. The organisation remains committed to children living with HIV/AIDS and will continue funding treatment for almost 100,000 children in Malawi, Mozambique and Uganda. Additional investments have been targeted to further stabilize the paediatric HIV treatment market. UNITAID will also continue funding for existing projects to shape markets for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.
Thursday, December 12, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

World Bank, Global Fund, Partner to Expand Results-Based Financing for Maternal and Child Health

Source: The World Bank

Specifically, this partnership will identify opportunities to enable the inclusion of HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB services in RBF projects funded by these organizations
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global resistance to TB drugs is 'ticking time bomb'

Source: BBC News

Increasing resistance to tuberculosis drugs around the world is a "ticking time bomb", says the World Health Organization (WHO).
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global Fund: Quash Human Rights Barriers

Source: The Global Fund

In honor of International Human Rights Day, the Global Fund made an appeal to break down all human rights barriers to health, a critical factor in the goal of defeating AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

African Domestic Investment in Health Grows in Zambia

Source: allAfrica

Increased trends of domestic investment in health by several African nations is highlighting efforts to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, the Global Fund has said.
Monday, December 9, 2013 — No Region Specified

In Latest Report, Professors Propose Health Investment Framework

Source: The Harvard Crimson

A global public health report co-authored by Harvard University professor Lawrence H. Summers, School of Public Health Dean Julio Frenk, and Public Health professor Sue J. Goldie, among others, proposes an unprecedented investment framework to significantly reduce health disparities between the poorest and the wealthiest nations.
Monday, December 9, 2013 — No Region Specified

African Countries Make New Investments in Health

Source: The Global Fund

A significant trend in increased domestic investment in health by several African nations is highlighting efforts to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, combined with new contributions to the Global Fund.
Friday, December 6, 2013 — South Asia

What We Can Learn from How 1 Million People Died in India

Source: Slate

The Million Death Study (MDS) involves biannual in-person surveys of more than 1 million households across India. The study covers the period from 1997 to the end of 2013, and will document roughly 1 million deaths.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 — No Region Specified

To Win Fight Against AIDS, We Must First Defeat TB

Source: IIP Digital

The overlap of TB and HIV is a deadly combination with tragic consequences. TB is the leading killer of people with HIV, accounting for one in four HIV-related deaths.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 — No Region Specified

What It Takes To Cure Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Source: NPR

Dr. Mel Spigelman, the president of TB Alliance, and answered five common questions about tuberculosis.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 — No Region Specified

Gates Foundation to Double Donation to Fight AIDS

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates said he plans to nearly double his foundation’s contribution to the Geneva-based Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, to as much as $500 million.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 — No Region Specified

Study Says Health disparities "could be eliminated in a generation"

Source: Reuters

Health disparities between rich and poor nations could be banished in a generation by investment in research, vaccines and drugs to combat diseases such as AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, global health experts said on Tuesday.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 — No Region Specified

What It Takes To Cure Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Source: NPR

We recently chatted with Dr. Mel Spigelman, the president of TB Alliance, and he answered five common questions about tuberculosis. We edited his responses for length and clarity.
Friday, November 22, 2013 — No Region Specified

The Global Fund needs global collaboration

Source: The Hill

We should fund the Global Fund, no doubt about it. But we should ask the right questions now and initiate a change that would make a difference in development assistance.
Monday, November 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

Agreement Reached for Joint Development of New TB Vaccines

Source: Hispanic Business

National Institute of Biomedical Innovation, Aeras, and Create Vaccine Company, Ltd. jointly announce that a basic agreement has been reached among the three parties for joint development of new TB vaccines based on the human parainfluenza type-2 vector technology.
Monday, November 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global Fund Board Predicts Strong Replenishment

Source: Press Release

The Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria concluded its 30th meeting today with a firm endorsement of efforts leading to the Fourth Voluntary Replenishment Conference to be hosted by the United States Government in Washington D.C. on 2-3 December 2013.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobilium Smart Health app launched


Samsung and Mobilium Global have joined forces to distribute the Mobilium Smart Health app - a "Made For Africa" mobile health and wellness, smart device application.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ethiopia: Global Fight Against Killer Diseases At Crossroads

Source: allAfrica

One of the greatest successes in development aid over the past decade has been the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. The Global Fund has saved millions of lives and helped countries around the world beat back three epidemic diseases. Now it is appealing to the world's governments and the private sector for another three years of funding, with governments set to decide on further financing in early December in Washington DC.
Monday, November 4, 2013 — No Region Specified

The risk with the Global Fund's new TB strategy

Source: Devex

Groups advocating for TB elimination are hailing a new Global Fund proposed strategy that could raise coverage of the disease’s treatment, but an expert warns it entails some risks.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 — No Region Specified

Africa: Pros and Cons of High-Tech TB Testing

Source: All Africa

A new, sophisticated diagnostic test for tuberculosis now being rolled out promises to be faster and more accurate than the old methods and much easier to use. But the first trials of the GeneXpert MTB/RIF Assay test in real-life situations have proved that while all this is true, it did not make any significant difference to treatment outcomes.
Monday, October 28, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global Fund boss upbeat about funding future

Source: ABC Radio Australia

The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria aims to find fifteen-billion dollars by December, as part of its replenishment efforts.
Monday, October 14, 2013 — South Asia

Fighting tuberculosis: Can Nikshay save 300,000 lives per year?

Source: Live Mint

Can digital intervention and adoption of information communication technology (ICT) tools save 300,000 TB patients from dying every year? Health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said recently that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) has in its two terms in office taken initiatives to revamp two key sectors—health and education. Although public health is a state subject, the central government has made significant investments in developing health infrastructure and services delivery through the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). Under NRHM alone, more than Rs.96,000 crore has been provided for revamping rural healthcare.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 — No Region Specified

Niger and Global Fund sign €13.5 Million malaria grant

Source: Newstime Africa

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has signed a 13.5 million euro grant agreement that will intensify efforts to provide families with mosquito nets and improve the diagnosis and treatment of malaria in Niger.
Monday, June 24, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The “Worst Public Health Epidemic We’re Facing Today”? Tuberculosis in the Mining Sector

Source: Think Africa Press

Despite being both preventable and curable, tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the most serious health problems facing sub-Saharan Africa.
Monday, June 17, 2013 — South Asia

Fake & sub-standard drugs: India, China may be worst offenders

Source: The Economic Times

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has a humble disclosure to make: there is still no accurate estimate of the global scale of counterfeit medicines.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Behind the Revolution of Diagnosis That Led to the HIV Miracle Baby...and More

Source: Huffington Post

"It's a revolution in diagnosis which is leading to a revolution in treatment," says Philippe Douste-Blazy of UNITAID.
Thursday, January 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

A novel pathway for a mucosal TB vaccine

Source: UB News Center

A new pathway for improving vaccines against tuberculosis has been discovered by microbiologists at the University at Buffalo in collaboration with researchers at other universities, according to a paper in the journal Mucosal Immunology, published by the Nature group.
Monday, January 28, 2013 — No Region Specified

Antibiotic 'apocalypse' warning

Source: BBC

The rise in drug resistant infections is comparable to the threat of global warming, according to the chief medical officer for England.
Thursday, January 24, 2013 — No Region Specified

Africa: Global Fund Executive Director Calls for Focused Action to Fight Infectious Disease

Source: All Africa

Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria said today that concentrated action will achieve significantly greater impact on infectious diseases that threaten maternal and child health.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 — No Region Specified

First New TB Drug In 50 Years Approved Must Be Made Widely Available

Source: Doctors Without Borders

NEW YORK/GENEVA , December 31, 2012—The approval by the US Food and Drug Administration of an important new tuberculosis treatment must lead to its availability in countries with high levels of the drug-resistant form of the deadly disease
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 — No Region Specified

Independent evaluation validates UNITAID’s approach

Source: Express Pharma

UNITAID has established itself as a pioneering innovative financing mechanism with a successful business model to improve product markets for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis in developing countries, according to UNITAID’s first independent Five-Year Evaluation.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria: Global Fund Happy With HIV, TB Treatment in Nigeria

Source: All Africa

The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, on Tuesday expressed delight at the level of care and treatment given to persons infected with HIV and tuberculosis in Nigeria.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Machine that Will Help End TB

Source: MIT Technology Review

Nearly 1.5 million people die from tuberculosis every year, even though most cases can be cured with routine antibiotic treatments. One country’s fight to get the ancient scourge under control has an unlikely hero: a simple diagnostic test.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009 — No Region Specified

Exploring Portable Method for Detecting Tuberculosis

Source: Everyday FC

FORT COLLINS – Engineering researchers at Colorado State University have found a new way to detect traces of tuberculosis bacteria in fluids that would allow for a more sensitive and accurate detection of the deadly disease. The research by Diego Krapf, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and a faculty member in the School of Biomedical Engineering, was recently recognized by the Optical Society of America for its potential use in developing countries that fa...
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