Tanzania: TBs Imparts Equips Entrepreneurs On Standards
[Daily News] The 6th Industrial Products Exhibition taking place in Zanzibar has been an important platform for the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) imparting knowledge on goods standards and addressing challenges facing industrial owners, traders and the general public. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - December 8, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Covid-19 Pandemic Slows Progress Against Tuberculosis
[WHO-AFRO] Brazzaville -- The COVID-19 pandemic's disruption to health services has seen an increase in tuberculosis deaths in Africa, the first such rise in more than a decade, while the decline in new cases slowed down, an analysis by World Health Organization (WHO) shows. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - December 6, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Malawi: TB Case Fatality Decreases As Global Rate Swells
[MBC] The 2021 World Health Organisation Global Tuberculosis Report has revealed that for the first time in over a decade TB deaths have increased globally because of reduced access to TB diagnosis and treatment in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - December 2, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Malawi: Malawi Doing Well in Fight Against TB
[Nyasa Times] The National TB Control Programme has disclosed that Malawi as a nation is doing very well in the fight against Tuberculosis. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - November 29, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Ghana: Ghana Needs U.S.$25.6 Million to Meet Targets On TB
[Ghanaian Times] Ghana needs approximately $25.6 million to meet the 2022 United Nations High Level Meeting (UNHLM) targets on Tuberculosis (TB) (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - November 15, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Nigeria May Report 200,000 Tuberculosis Cases By End of 2021 - Minister
[Premium Times] Nigeria has already surpassed the number of TB cases notified in 2020 by seven per cent. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - November 11, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Gearing Towards a TB Free Nigeria - WHO and Partners Scale Up Action
[WHO-AFRO] The World Health Organization (WHO) has reaffirmed its commitment to support the country in eradicating Tuberculosis (TB), one of the top infectious killer diseases in the world. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - November 11, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: Five Developments in Paediatric Tuberculosis
[spotlight] The screening, diagnosis, and treatment of tuberculosis (TB) in children remain far from optimal - and in many respects lag behind what can be done for adults. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - November 4, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: New Study Shows That Normal Breathing Is a Major Spreader of TB
[The Conversation Africa] Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease transmitted via droplet aerosols. Humans constantly produce aerosols, even during normal breathing. Since Mycobacterium tuberculosis was identified as the causative agent of TB, almost 150 years ago, people have assumed that coughing is the main way that infectious aerosols are generated. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - November 1, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: Fingerstick Blood Test Shows Promise for TB Screening
[spotlight] The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that over four million of the almost ten million people who fell ill with tuberculosis (TB) in 2020 were not diagnosed. One obstacle to more people being diagnosed is the fact that the current gold standard TB tests require people to produce sputum - something children find particularly difficult. Accordingly, researchers have been exploring alternatives such as testing for TB in blood, exhaled breath, stool, and urine. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - November 1, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: How Covid-19 Threatens to Undo Years of Progress in TB Control
[The Conversation Africa] The World Health Organization's (WHO) recently released Global Tuberculosis Report for 2021 paints a dismal picture of the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the fight against TB across the globe. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - October 31, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: Quality Tuberculosis Care Starts With People
[spotlight] The world is seeing tuberculosis (TB) deaths increase for the first time in over a decade, according to the World Health Organization's Global TB Report 2021. In 2020, 1.5 million people died of TB and the report estimates that almost 10 million people developed TB. Of these, only 5.8 million people were diagnosed and reported, increasing the gap of people missing TB diagnosis and treatment and risking further spread of the disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - October 25, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: In Sub-Saharan Africa and Elsewhere, We Need to Look Harder for Tuberculosis
[IPS] Johannesburg -- Before COVID-19 came along, tuberculosis (TB) was a primary focus of health authorities in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2019, approximately 1.4 million people were diagnosed with TB in the region, but epidemiologists estimated that 1 million more had TB but were neither diagnosed nor treated. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - October 24, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Malawi: Community Sputum Collection Proves Effective in Fighting TB in Mchinji
[Nyasa Times] The use of volunteers in community sputum collection has proven effective in the fight against tuberculosis (TB) at community level in Mchinji district. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - October 23, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: Sound the Alarm - We Are Failing to Meet Targets to Beat TB, but Khayelitsha's Care Model During Covid-19 Shows Exactly How It Should Be Done
[Daily Maverick] During the 52nd Union World Conference on Lung Health this week, Doctors Without Borders announced the results of TB-PRACTECAL. A total of 89% of patients on the new regimen (which is shorter and less toxic) were cured, compared with 52% in the standard of care group. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - October 22, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Looking Harder for TB - in Sub-Saharan Africa and Elsewhere
[Premium Times] TB has increased in strength in sub-Saharan Africa and other regions of the Global South. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - October 22, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: In-Depth - Landmark Moment As Ai Beats Humans in Reading X-Rays for TB
[spotlight] In 1997, the then reigning world chess champion Garry Kasparov lost a six-game series to a chess-playing computer programme called Deep Blue. Deep Blue's victory was seen as emblematic of the growing power of computers to do things once thought primarily the domain of human brains. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - October 21, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: MSF TB-PRACTECAL Clinical Trial Finds Short, Effective and Safe Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis Treatment
[MSF] TB-PRACTECAL, a clinical trial led by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has found that a new all-oral six-month treatment regimen is safer and more effective at treating rifampicin-resistant tuberculosis (RR-TB) than the current accepted standard of care. These results signal the start of a new chapter for people with drug-resistant (DR)-TB who currently face lengthy treatment regimens of up to 20 months that can include painful injections and up to 20 pills a day that can cause severe side-effects. These grue (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - October 20, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: TB Trial Finds Short, Effective and Safe Drug-Resistant Treatment
[MSF] TB-PRACTECAL, a clinical trial led by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has found that a new all-oral six-month treatment regimen is safer and more effective at treating rifampicin-resistant tuberculosis (RR-TB) than the currently accepted standard of care. These results signal the start of a new chapter for people with drug-resistant (DR)-TB who currently face lengthy treatment regimens of up to 20 months that can include painful injections and up to 20 pills a day that can cause severe side-effects. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - October 20, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Patients Across Four Continents Enrol in Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis Trial
[MSF] Hundreds of patient volunteers from four continents have enrolled in a trial that aims to find safer, shorter, and effective treatments for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), an airborne, infectious disease that has grown resistant to standard medications. A group of scientists and clinicians led by M édecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Partners In Health (PIH) and Interactive Research and Development (IRD) make up the endTB consortium conducting the groundbreaking study funded by Unitaid. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - October 19, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: MSF Warns of Deadly TB Testing Gap Following Release of WHO Global TB Report 2021
[MSF] The World Health Organization (WHO) released today the 2021 edition of its Global Tuberculosis (TB) Report, featuring data on TB trends and responses in 197 countries and areas. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - October 15, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Stop TB Partnership Concerned Over WHO Global TB Report Findings
[Stop TB Partnership] The Stop TB Partnership notes with concern the data released today by the World Health Organization (WHO) as part of the 2021 Global Tuberculosis Report, which features data on disease trends and the response to the epidemic from over 200 countries and areas. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - October 15, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Tuberculosis Deaths Rise for the First Time in More Than a Decade
[WHO] The COVID-19 pandemic has reversed years of global progress in tackling tuberculosis and for the first time in over a decade, TB deaths have increased, according to the World Health Organization's 2021 Global TB report. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - October 15, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: WHO Sets Up an Advisory Group On TB Diagnostics and Laboratory Strengthening
[WHO] The World Health Organization has established a new technical advisory group that will advise on TB diagnostic tools and strategies, and complement the WHO guideline development process. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - October 6, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Progress and Multisectoral Action Towards Achieving Global Targets to End TB
[WHO] Hundreds of people virtually joined the official UN General Assembly high level side-event: "Progress and Multisectoral Action towards achieving global targets to end TB" co-organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Russian Federation on 24 September 2021. Held on the sidelines of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the event brought together a distinguished line up of speakers including WHO and UN Leadership, the President of the UN General Assembly, Health Ministers and nat (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - October 6, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Liberia: 'Killing More Than 4,000 People Per Day, TB Still Not a Priority'
[Observer] The leading international Tuberculosis Advocacy group, 'Stop TB Partnership', has released new data which show how the COVID-19 pandemic has dismally lowered levels of funding and created barriers to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of ending TB by 2030. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - October 2, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Liberia: Covid-19 Combined With Funding Shortfalls Are Devastating Efforts to End Tuberculosis (TB) By 2030 - New Data Shows
[New Dawn] Less than half of required funding has been provided globally with dramatic consequences as hundreds of thousands more die from TB (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - September 29, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: Western Cape Launches Public Facing TB Dashboard to Help Monitor TB Responses
[Govt of SA] Western Cape Government launches first-of-a-kind public facing TB dashboard to help monitor the province's TB response (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - September 20, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Uganda: Why TB Goes Undiagnosed
[Independent (Kampala)] Early diagnosis is crucial for the effective management of any disease. In Africa, this is not always possible which affects the ability of countries to bring diseases under control. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - September 15, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: Vitamin D Deficiency Does Not Increase TB Risk in Young Children
[UCT] Low Vitamin D levels have been hypothesised by some experts to be a risk factor for tuberculosis (TB). People who develop TB often present with low Vitamin D levels when they are diagnosed. However, whether Vitamin D levels at one point predispose a child to developing TB is debated and not clear. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - September 15, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Eritrea: Green Light Committee Monitoring Mission 2021
[WHO-AFRO] The Green Light Committee (GLC) Initiative, together with the Working Group on MDR-TB, promotes implementation of the component two of the Stop TB Strategy that calls for the control and prevention of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) through: (i) increased access to quality-assured second-line anti-TB drugs; and (ii) prevention of development of resistance to anti-TB drugs in accordance with the Global Plan to Stop TB (2006-2015) and the Global MDR/XDR-TB Response plan (2007-2008). (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - September 14, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Mozambique: Over 3,000 Patients Under New TB Combined Therapy
[AIM] Maputo -- 3,413 patients across Mozambique are undertaking the new tuberculosis preventive therapy, coupling strong doses of isoniazid (H) and rifapentine (P), to prevent simple and non-contagious cases from worsening and increasing the number of infected people. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - September 10, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Ethiopia: U.S. Donates Tuberculosis Testing Machines Worth U.S. $1 Million
[U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa] Addis Ababa -- Today, the United States through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), donated 46 cutting-edge tuberculosis (TB) testing machines - worth $1 million - to the people of Ethiopia. These new machines will reduce the time it takes to diagnose TB across the country from two days to two hours. These new machines are called GeneXpert Tuberculosis Diagnostic Machines and were handed over by U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia, Geeta Pasi, to the honorable Minister of Health, Dr. Lia Tadesse, at t (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - September 10, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Namibia: Avoiding Tuberculosis in Cattle
[New Era] Tuberculosis (TB) can occur in many animals (cattle, sheep, goats, chickens, pigs, dogs, and wildlife such as lions, baboons and buffaloes), but this article focuses mainly on TB in cattle, which is termed bovine TB. Bovine TB is not only sometimes fatal, but also contagious, and it can spread to other livestock. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - September 7, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

East Africa: Many East Africans Miss Out On Disease Diagnosis. What Must Be Done About It
[The Conversation Africa] Early diagnosis is crucial for the effective management of any disease. In Africa, this isn't always possible which affects the ability of countries to bring diseases under control. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - September 7, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Lifesaving TB Medicines Still Out of Reach for Children in High-Burden Countries
[MSF] The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released new rapid guidance recommending that children of all ages with drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) have access to all-oral treatment using the drugs bedaquiline and/or delamanid. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - September 3, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Updated Guidance for the Management of TB in Children and Adolescents
[WHO] A rapid communication released by the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Tuberculosis Programme has announced important updates to guidance on the management of tuberculosis (TB) in children and adolescents. This includes new recommendations on diagnostic options, treatment regimens, as well as treatment decision algorithms and optimal models of care for the delivery of child and adolescent TB services. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - August 31, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Ondo Records 1106 Cases of Tuberculosis Within Six Months
[Vanguard] Akure -- Over 1106 cases of tuberculosis have been detected within the last six months in Ondo state. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - August 26, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Foundation Tasks Stakeholders On Missing TB Cases in Nigeria
[Daily Trust] The Country Director of the KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation Nigeria, Dr. Bethrand Odume has called on stakeholders in the health, sector to increase efforts towards tackling the missed cases of tuberculosis in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - August 23, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: Women in Health - Young TB Researcher Blazing a Trail
[spotlight] It started with a promise to a little girl called Mary. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - August 17, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Sudan: Covid-19 Update Sudan - More Vaccines to Arrive
[Radio Dabanga] Dongola / Port Sudan / Wad Madani -- Nine new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Sudan's Northern State whilst positive cases decreased in the Red Sea state. Vaccination rates have gone up in the state and the Red Sea state's minister of health confirmed that new doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine should arrive in the next few days. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - August 13, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Kenya: Concern Over Surging TB Cases in Turkana
[Nation] Turkana County is on high alert over fears of a surge in tuberculosis infections, which officials say could hit 2,500 cases in a year. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - August 6, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Malawi: National TB Programme Resumes Support to Drug Resistant TB Patients
[Nyasa Times] The National TB Programme (NTP) has resumed its psychosocial support to the drug resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) patients after a six-month break due to administrative challenges. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - August 5, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Natpharm Gets Consignment of TB Drugs From MSF
[The Herald] Herald Reporter (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - July 28, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: Important TB Drug As Effective at Lower Dose, Study Finds
[spotlight] The treatment of drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis (DR-TB) has been transformed over the last decade with treatment becoming more effective, safer, and treatment duration in many cases dropping to under a year. Even so, treatment can still come with serious side effects and for some, it can still last over a year and a half and involve taking many different pills every day. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - July 26, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: WHO Position Statement On Innovative Clinical Trial Designs for Development of New TB Treatments
[WHO] The World Health Organization is publishing a position statement on Innovative Clinical Trial Designs for Development of New TB Treatments. This document aims to support TB regimen development by highlighting key clinical trial characteristics to help advance novel therapies. It summarises key innovations in TB clinical trial designs, ranging from pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic (PK-PD) modelling and new advances in biomarker development to the value of novel clinical trial design methodologies and post-li (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - July 26, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Investing in New TB Vaccines - It's Time to End the Century-Long Wait!
[WHO] Dear colleagues, partners and friends, (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - July 26, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: Scientists Develop New Method of Diagnosing TB From Skin
[UCT] A team of scientists, including those from the University of Cape Town (UCT), have developed a new diagnostic methodology enabling a non-invasive, fast and highly accurate way of detecting tuberculosis (TB). (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - July 16, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: Could Community Health Workers Be the Answer to Reducing Tuberculosis Stigma?
[spotlight] Thandeka* is walking with her backpack through the streets of Khayelitsha. She is an uNompilo - a community health worker. She is describing a typical experience of one of the people she is helping with Tuberculosis (TB). (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - July 16, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Active TB Drug Safety Monitoring and Management (ADSM) Global Database - Outcome of the Assessment and Future of Data Reporting
[WHO] A global database set up by WHO's Global Tuberculosis Programme in collaboration with the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) has been collating data on Active TB Drug Safety Monitoring and Management (aDSM) since 2016, to monitor the safety of patients who receive MDR-TB treatment with new medicines (e.g. bedaquiline, delamanid), repurposed medicines (e.g. linezolid, clofazimine) or new regimens, which don't have a well-established safety profile. The aDSM framework has (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - July 12, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news