Financial Hurdles to Eliminating Leprosy in Micronesia
By Stella PaulPALIKIR , Apr 2 2019 (IPS) Maylene Ekiek has been working with the Department of Health in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) for 12 years now. She is the head of the National Leprosy Programme in the Pacific island nation, which still remains one of three, along with the Marshall Islands and Kiribati, that is yet to eliminate leprosy. Ekiek is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the leprosy programme, as well as its success. However, as Ekiek reveals in this interview, the absence of funding at a national level is one of the many roadblocks that she faces. In what seems to be a growing trend...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Multimedia Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Video Hansen's disease leprosy Nippon Foundation Sasakawa Memorial Health Found Source Type: news

Malawi: Stakeholders Asked to Intensify Support for TB Programs
[Malawi News Agency] Mzuzu -Despite government and its development partners tirelessly implementing and supporting TB-related programs in the country, most communities remain unknowledgeable about some issues regarding the disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - April 2, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

The Big Number: TB cases drop to 9,029 in the U.S., but the pace has slowed
The goal of eliminating tuberculosis in the nation is unlikely to happen in the 21st century, the CDC says (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Ghana: Ghana Commemorates This Year's World Tuberculosis Day
[Ghana Govt.] National governments have been urged to increase investments in Tuberculosis (TB) care and prevention as current investments fall far short of the levels required to end the epidemic by 2030 ―the end date of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 1, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Tuberculosis Can Emerge After Cancer Immunotherapy
At least a handful of patients have developed active TB after receiving cancer treatment designed to boost the immune system's antitumor response. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - April 1, 2019 Category: Science Tags: Notebook Magazine Issue Source Type: news

Gambia: World Tuberculosis Day Commemorated
[Foroyaa] The Ministry of Health and relevant stakeholder on Wednesday March 27th 2019, commemorated World Tuberculosis Day, an annual event commemorated every March 24th. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - March 29, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Malawi: Malawi Faces Wide-Ranging Challenges in Global Fund Grant Implementation
[GFO] Malawi has made significant progress in the fight against HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria since it started receiving Global Fund funding in 2003; more than 90% of people living with HIV knew their status in 2017, 71% were on treatment and 61% were virally suppressed. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 29, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Scientists Are Developing New, Exciting Strategies for the Fight Against TB
[The Conversation Africa] Tuberculosis (TB) is a lung disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It's transmitted through air droplets when an infectious person coughs or sneezes. The disease can be treated, but it's a long process with the drugs that are currently available. It remains a major health problem: globally, about 1.6 million died from it in 2017. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - March 28, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

“Don’t Tell My Husband I Have Leprosy”: Social Stigma Silences Marshall Islands’ Women
Meretha Pierson, a nurse in the leprosy clinic of Majuro, Marshall Islands, shows the medication to cure leprosy that are provided for free. Credit: Stella Paul/IPSBy Stella PaulMAJURO, Mar 28 2019 (IPS) Meretha Pierson has been a nurse for the past seven years, working in the government-run leprosy clinic in Majuro, the capital of the Marshall Islands. Her patients come in all ages, from different economic backgrounds and different professions. But, aside from their diagnosis, they all have something else in common: everyone wants to keep their illness a secret. “Everyone requests me not to tell their neighbours. Bu...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Aid Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Gender Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Hansen's disease leprosy Marshall Islands Nippon Foundation Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation (SMHF) Source Type: news

South Africa: This Kills More South Africans Than Any Other Disease. There's a New Way to Stop It
[Bhekisisa] One in four people carry this potentially deadly bug? Now a new shorter treatment can prevent it from making you sick. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - March 28, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

AI outperforms physicians for interpreting chest x-rays
An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm was able to identify major thoracic...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: AI and radiologists: Better together in screening mammo Video from GTC 2019: Dr. Paul Chang gives a reality check to AI in radiology Accuracy of AI algorithms may drop with independent data Most radiology AI studies lack proper validation Can AI accurately diagnose tuberculosis from chest x-rays? (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - March 28, 2019 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Tuberculosis cases in England hit lowest ever levels
This news story states there has been a 44% drop in new diagnoses from the peak in 2011 to 2018 (from 8,280 to 4,672), with an 8.4% fall in diagnoses between 2017 and 2018. However, communities with higher rates are the most deprived 10% of the population and those born outside of the UK. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tuberculosis surveillance and monitoring report in Europe 2019
This report provides an overview of the latest Tuberculosis (TB) epidemiological situation. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria: Kaduna Records 4,023 New TB Cases
[This Day] A total of 4,023 new cases of tuberculosis were recorded across Kaduna State in 2018, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Paul Dogo, has said (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 27, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Empowering Community Health Providers to Tackle Lung Diseases
[WHO] Tanga -The Ministry of Health in Tanzania conducted orientation workshops on integrated screening, referral and follow up for Tuberculosis and other Chronic Lung Diseases to 20 Community Health providers in Tanga region. This initiative is supported by the World Health Organization and aims to embody the leverage of resources in addressing community needs in primary health care delivery. As most of the other Chronic Lung Diseases are not infectious in contrast to Tuberculosis, the implementation of the initiative (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 27, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uganda: Minister Calls for More Effort in Fight Against TB
[Monitor] Ntungamo -The minister of State for Primary Healthcare, Dr Joyce Moriku Kaducu, has called for more efforts in the fight against tuberculosis (TB). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 26, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Adamawa Records 23 Cases of Drug Resistance TB in 3 Months
[Daily Trust] No fewer than 23 cases of drug resistance Tuberculosis (TB) has been recorded in Adamawa from January to date. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - March 26, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Health Minister, Experts Decry Rising Cases of Tuberculosis in Nigeria
[Guardian] Abuja -Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, as well as local and international medical experts have expressed concern over rising cases of Tuberculosis (TB) in Nigeria, especially among the country's productive workforce. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - March 26, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Health Minister, Experts Decry Rising Cases of Tuberculosis
[Guardian] Abuja -Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, as well as local and international medical experts have expressed concern over rising cases of Tuberculosis (TB) in Nigeria, especially among the country's productive workforce. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 26, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: World TB Day - Experts Want More Funding to Fight Disease in Nigeria
[Premium Times] Tuberculosis (TB) experts have urged government at all levels to significantly increase domestic funding of the fight against the disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - March 26, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: World TB Day - Experts Want More Funding to Fight Disease
[Premium Times] Tuberculosis (TB) experts have urged government at all levels to significantly increase domestic funding of the fight against the disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 26, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Why I chose global health
The words of YSPH Professor Luke Davis ’s high school teacher still resonate with him as he continues to take on new challenges in diagnosing tuberculosis. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - March 25, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Zambia: Govt Launches TB Preventive Therapy Guidelines During the World TB Day Commemoration
[WHO] The Ministry of Health launched the guidelines for Management of Latent Tuberculosis (TB) Infection during the 2019 World TB Day commemoration to strengthen the treatment of the disease at primary care level. The guidelines are meant to contribute to further reduction of TB cases in the country and support efforts towards its elimination. Although TB is preventable and curable, it has continued to be a major cause of ill-health and death in the country. The disease is also the commonest opportunistic infec (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - March 25, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Eritrea: TB Control Day Observed At Regional Level
[Shabait] Mendefera -TB Control Day was observed at Southern region level in Segeneity on 21 March. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - March 25, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Tuberculosis - Older Than Time, Tougher Than Nails
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] The results of decades of inaction on TB are that doctors are stuck with an antiquated treatment regimen that is both challenging to administer and monitor (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - March 25, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Tanzania: Concern As 70 People Die Daily From TB
[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -At least 70 people die every day from Tuberculosis (TB) in Tanzania, according to the Health Minister Ms Ummy Mwalimu. The number is an average of three people per hour. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - March 25, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: The Clock Is Ticking for Dr-TB Patients. How Long Will They Wait for a Kinder Cure?
[Bhekisisa] For years, catching this drug-resistant bacteria meant painful treatment that risked your hearing and mental health. Now, that could be changing. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - March 25, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Tuberculosis Spreading, Becoming Untreatable in Nigeria, Experts Warn
[Guardian] Medical experts have warned of the spread of the untreatable variant of tuberculosis (TB) in Nigeria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 25, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Rwanda: Survey - 20 Percent of Tuberculosis Patients Don't Go to Hospital
[New Times] The Ministry of Health has urged Rwandans to undertake screening for tuberculosis at the earliest opportunity, in order to get early treatment and reduce chances of acquiring preventable deaths associated with the disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 25, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: World TB Day - Use Your Money to Provide Adequate Care, WHO Urges African Leaders
[Premium Times] The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged Africa governments to use domestic resources to fund core Tuberculosis (TB) control services in their countries (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 25, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Aspirin to fight an expensive global killer infection
(Centenary Institute) Tuberculosis is far from eradicated around the world and still infects more than 1,400 people per year in Australia. Antibiotic resistant tuberculosis is particularly deadly and expensive to treat, costing up to $250,000 to treat a single case in Australia. Scientists at the Centenary Institute have been working on new ways to treat tuberculosis by increasing the effectiveness of the immune system. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 25, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

TB cases in England hit lowest ever levels
But the most deprived people have a TB rate seven times higher than least deprived Related items fromOnMedica Multidrug-resistant TB spreads less easily than ‘normal’ TB TB could be cured by four months ’ treatment in many patients Range of new and costly drugs added to WHO ‘essentials’ list TB cases still on the rise across most of the UK Tuberculosis cases continue to fall (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 25, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Tuberculosis cases in England hit lowest ever levels
New cases of tuberculosis (TB) in England have fallen to the lowest levels since records began in 1960. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 25, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

A Painless Microneedle Patch For Diagnosing Tuberculosis
We won't be able to effectively combat tuberculosis, which kills at least 1.3 million people a year, without improving diagnosis. One promising diagnostic tool is a painless microneedle patch being developed by Thai researchers. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - March 24, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Christine Ro, Contributor Source Type: news

It ’s ‘time to #EndTB’, says UN on World Tuberculosis Day
Tuberculosis, or TB, is not only the world's top infectious killer, it is also the leading cause of deaths among people with HIV and a major cause of antimicrobial resistance-related deaths, the United Nations health agency said on Sunday, World Tuberculosis Day.   (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 24, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Tuberculosis rates in England are the lowest EVER
A total of 4,672 cases of tuberculosis were diagnosed in England in 2018, according to data released today by Public Health England. The figure is almost half as many as in 2011. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bruker Announces Improved Assay for Tuberculosis Diagnostics in Novel Liquid Array(TM) Format for Improved Multiplexing
Expanded FluoroType™ MTBDR 2.0 Liquid Array molecular assay with CE-IVD mark provides highly differentiated tuberculosis (TB) detection and antibiotic resistance testing Novel FluoroCycler™ XT PCR system with CE-IVD mark enables new Liquid Array format ... Diagnostics, Product Launch Bruker, Bruker-Hain Diagnostics, tuberculosis, FluoroType, FluoroCycler (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - March 22, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Plea to retain TB nurse expertise as diagnoses hit record low
The skills of specialist tuberculosis nurses must not be cast aside as headway is made on eradicating the disease in England, a leader in the field has warned. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 22, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Global Fund Avails U.S.$14 Million to Fight Aids
[The Herald] Eight neighbouring countries, known as Elimination 8, from Southern Africa yesterday signed a US$14,2 million grant from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria meant to sustain efforts towards eliminating malaria in the region. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 22, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Govt to Pay U.S.$6 Million Global Fund Contribution
[The Herald] GOVERNMENT says it will urgently release its US$6 million contribution to the Global Fund to ensure that it does not lose US$400 million for medicine and other health programmes for HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 22, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Anti-TB drugs can increase risk of TB re-infection
(McGill University) Current treatments for tuberculosis (TB) are very effective in controlling TB infection caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). They don't, however, always prevent reinfection. Why this happens is one of the long-standing questions in TB research. A team of scientists at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and McGill University may have found the answer... in the gut. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

PLOS Special Collection launch: Shaping novel TB treatments
(PLOS) To commemorate World TB Day, a Special Collection has been released by PLOS Medicine containing a series of articles that articulate the essential new steps in clinical research that will pave the way for the development of tomorrow's optimal treatment for all forms of tuberculosis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Africa: TB Doesn't Only Attack the Lungs - - Other Organs Are Also Vulnerable
[The Conversation Africa] The world marks World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on March 24 every year. Most people assume that TB only affects the lungs - but the disease can also attack other organs. The Conversation Africa's Ina Skosana spoke to Professor Nazir Ismail to find out more. Professor Ismail works and conducts his research in South Africa, one of the world's TB hot spots. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 21, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Drug-Resistant TB - a New Study Offers New Hope
[The Conversation Africa] Tuberculosis (TB) is the leading cause of death in the world from a single infectious disease, causing more deaths than HIV/AIDS. In 2017, 10 million people developed TB disease globally and an estimated 1.6 million died. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 21, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Major Battles Have Been Won Against TB. but the War Isn't Over
[The Conversation Africa] The suffering and massive loss of life caused by Tuberculosis (TB) are proof that humanity hasn't prioritised the development of tools to eliminate a disease dating back 9 000 years. Two stark facts highlight this: most of the antibiotics used to treat TB were developed decades ago. And, until very recently, some diagnostic approaches being used were a century old. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - March 21, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: WHO Unveils New Measures for TB Eradication
[Premium Times] The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued new guidelines to improve the treatment of multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB). (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - March 21, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Tuberculosis - Aisha Buhari Urges Nigerians to Go for Test
[Premium Times] The wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, has urged Nigerians to present themselves for Tuberculosis test, reminding them that the disease is curable and treatable if diagnosed early. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - March 21, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Shaving 10 Months Off Treatment Not Inferior Against Rifampin-Resistant TB Shaving 10 Months Off Treatment Not Inferior Against Rifampin-Resistant TB
A new study in patients with rifampin-resistant tuberculosis (TB) is providing the first strong evidence that the Bangladesh protocol for treating multidrug-resistant (MDR)-TB, which is used for 9 to 11 months, is not inferior to the standard regimen recommended by the World Health Organization, which requires treatment for 20 months.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - March 20, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

The Lancet: Experts set out targets to eliminate tuberculosis within a generation
(The Lancet) A world free of tuberculosis (TB) is possible by 2045 if increased political will and financial resources are directed towards priority areas including providing evidence-based interventions to everyone, especially to high risk groups, and increasing research to develop new ways to diagnose, treat, and prevent TB. Funding this response will require substantial investments, and accountability mechanisms will be necessary to ensure that promises are kept and targets are reached. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 20, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Uganda: TB Infections Hit 90,000 a Year, Overtake HIV Rates
[Monitor] Kampala -A new national survey shows that 89,000 Ugandans get infected with tuberculosis (TB) every year, surpassing the 50,000 who contract HIV annually. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 19, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news