CAP-TB News

1 August, 2016
The Taipei Department of Health yesterday said that tuberculosis has fallen from being the most common to the second-most common notifiable communicable disease in Taipei, following syphilis. The department’s Division for Disease Control and Prevention Director Chen Shao-ching (陳少卿) said... Read more
1 August, 2016
  (Pakistani pharmaceutical firm Schazoo Zaka still producing TB drugs with little or no margin) The stoppage of production of tuberculosis drugs by multinational pharmaceutical companies Novartis AG and Pfizer (Wyeth) in Pakistan has triggered fears of a health crisis, as local companies are... Read more
28 July, 2016
African first ladies have pledged to work together with development partners to end AIDS, TB, and malaria as well as to reduce the mortality rate from cervical cancer by advocating for adequate resource allocation. During the assembly of the Organization of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (... Read more
28 July, 2016
Canada hopes its plan to “proactively increase” its contributions to fighting the world’s three most deadly infectious diseases – tuberculosis, AIDS and malaria – will inspire others to do the same, the federal Health Minister says. “We’re hiking our financial commitment and hopefully other... Read more
19 July, 2016
Zhenxiong County in China has one of the highest TB burdens in Yunnan province. Since USAID CAP-TB started working there, the government has nearly tripled the number of staff in the TB clinic and has invested in improving capacity for diagnosis – a critical need in the area.                   ... Read more
19 July, 2016
The Global Alliance for TB Drug Development and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited announced that they have entered into an agreement that further explores hits generated from a high-throughput screening program conducted to find novel compounds to improve treatment of tuberculosis (TB). The... Read more
19 July, 2016
The Stop TB Partnership, is pleased to announce the launch of the very first network of people with experience of TB in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region. This network, TB People, was launched at the Regional Workshop on TB Community Mobilization in Bratislava, which the Partnership... Read more
10 June, 2016
Tuberculosis is a major global health problem. According to the World Health Organization, there were an estimated 9.6 million new TB cases globally in 2014, 24 percent of which were in India. India is one of the few countries that has achieved all the MDG indicators related to the disease.... Read more
10 June, 2016
The World Bank will disburse $122 million to four southern African nations to fight tuberculosis (TB). Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia are expected to benefit after the international lender's board approved the funding in effort to boost the countries health systems' response to the disease... Read more
10 June, 2016
Manila, Philippines, May 27, 2016 – The Department of Health (DOH) announced that a treatment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), bedaquiline, is now available in the Philippines via a donation program through Janssen Therapeutics (Janssen), part of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies... Read more
31 May, 2016
  The most deadly form of tuberculosis is one that lies in wait inside the body for years, attacking at the first sign of weakness. About a third of the global population may carry what is known as latent TB. Slow diagnostic tests mean many will go years without knowing that they are infected. Now... Read more
16 May, 2016
OTTAWA—Canada will donate $785 million over the 2017-19 period to an international fund aimed at fighting AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday.  That represents a 20-per-cent increase from Canada’s last pledge to the Global Fund, which was established in 2002... Read more
16 May, 2016
New Delhi: Fixed-dose combination (FDC) drugs sold in India to treat tuberculosis (TB) in children do not contain the right amount of medicines, and the only one with the right combination made by an Indian company is not sold in the country, doctors at a meeting in Delhi said. Read full article... Read more
16 May, 2016
A recent study on the volume and pattern of sale of anti-tuberculosis drugs in the open market in the State has shown that there are as many cases of tuberculosis (TB) being treated in the State’s private sector as are being registered under the official Revised National TB Control Programme (... Read more
29 April, 2016
Researchers at the University of Cape Town and the University of Washington have received a $1.02m grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a two-year study to test a cheap, simple and safer method of diagnosing tuberculosis (TB). Read full article here: http://www.bdlive.co.za/... Read more
29 April, 2016
You can innovate and create groundbreaking new treatments to help fight infectious diseases, and then work to make those drugs accessible and affordable in the world’s poorest nations. But if you can’t address the full spectrum of obstacles preventing you from getting such medicines to patients,... Read more
29 April, 2016
When the new 'miracle-drug' bedaquiline was finally rolled out in India this March — over three years after it was discovered and approved by the US Food and Drug Administration — it became a feather in the cap of the country's Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP). However,... Read more
29 April, 2016
Drug resistant TB cases are growing. We need speedier diagnosis, treatment and care. World TB Day commemoration events for 2016 have just concluded. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare announced that Bedaquiline, the first new TB drug in over 40 years, will be now available in India. It had... Read more
12 November, 2014
Dr. Michael Rich of Partners in Health shares his knowledge and experience in tackling MDR-TB in Myanmar and also the steps taken by the endTB project to advance research and utilization of new drugs for MDR-TB:   TB and MDR-TB in Myanmar:  Dr. Michael Rich discusses tuberculosis and multi-drug... Read more
12 November, 2014
Dr. Knut Lonnroth, Sr. Medical Officer at the World Health Organization, gave us two insightful video interviews about fighting TB, including discussion of recent thinking about risk factors, screening, and methods to structure community support for patients to increase treatment success:   TB... Read more

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