TB Alert http://www.tbalert.org for a future without tuberculosis Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:08:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.2 Childhood TB epidemic unveiled in new review http://www.tbalert.org/news-article/childhood-tb-epidemic-unveiled-new-review/ Wed, 01 Feb 2017 12:46:00 +0000 http://www.tbalert.org/?p=4359 The International Union Against Tuberculosis has described a review of childhood TB published in The Lancet as unveiling an overlooked epidemic. Over one million children fall ill with TB each year, and just 1 in 3 receive the life-saving treatment they need. The sad truth is that childhood TB is often considered a low priority in […]

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The International Union Against Tuberculosis has described a review of childhood TB published in The Lancet as unveiling an overlooked epidemic. Over one million children fall ill with TB each year, and just 1 in 3 receive the life-saving treatment they need.

The sad truth is that childhood TB is often considered a low priority in resource-poor settings because children with TB rarely infect others. Yet children are more likely to be left severely disabled by TB, as they are more vulnerable to complex forms of the disease.

TB in children is both an effect of poverty and a cause of poverty. It is most likely to affect children with HIV, the youngest, the weakest and most malnourished. And it limits children’s life chances by preventing them from completing their education.

Even where children do access diagnosis and treatment, they are often poorly served by the available technologies. There is a lack of appropriate diagnostic tools for paediatric cases meaning more cases are missed. Children who do receive a diagnosis often struggle to take medication designed for adults, risking drug resistance and death, as paediatric formulations are not yet widely available.

Read the full review in The Lancet

Read The Union news article

Find out what TB Alert is doing to help children affected by TB in India

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Tackling TB in under-served populations – new guidance http://www.tbalert.org/news-article/tackling-tb-served-populations-new-guidance/ Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:59:09 +0000 http://www.tbalert.org/?p=4349 ‘Tackling Tuberculosis in Under-Served Populations: A Resource for TB Control Boards and their partners’ has been published today by Public Health England. The resource, which was produced in partnership with TB Alert, brings together information related to under-served populations (USPs) and TB in one place in order to support TB Control Boards and their partners to […]

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Tackling Tuberculosis in Under-Served Populations: A Resource for TB Control Boards and their partners’ has been published today by Public Health England.

The resource, which was produced in partnership with TB Alert, brings together information related to under-served populations (USPs) and TB in one place in order to support TB Control Boards and their partners to design and deliver multi-agency programmes to better meet the needs of the under-served.

This resource consists of 10 chapters:

  • Chapter 1 defines who under-served populations are, outlines the burden of TB in these populations and maps where they are found in England
  • Chapters 2 to 6 take each of the main under-served populations in turn and defines them; outlines the burden of TB within these groups; discusses the challenges to be overcome; and then makes recommendations on how to meet these challenges. Each chapter includes hyperlinked resources and exemplars of innovation and good practice to stimulate local action.
  • Chapters 7, 8 and 9 outline the roles and responsibilities of those involved alongside the TB clinical teams (local government, TB Control Boards, CCGs and the third sector) in meeting the needs of under-served populations
  • Chapter 10 outlines a selection of ‘models of care’ that can be used to meet the needs of under-served populations with TB

For the purpose of this resource the people considered as under-served include:

  • people who are homeless
  • some migrants groups
  • people in contact with the criminal justice system
  • people who misuse drugs and/or alcohol
  • people with mental health needs

Tackling TB among under-served populations (USPs) is one of the key areas for action identified in the Collaborative TB Strategy for England. We hope this resource will be useful to you and your stakeholders in developing services that better meet the needs of the under-served and to reversing the pattern of health inequalities so commonly associated with TB.

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UN General Assembly to hold historic High-Level Meeting on TB http://www.tbalert.org/news-article/un-general-assembly-hold-historic-high-level-meeting-tb/ Tue, 20 Dec 2016 11:04:52 +0000 http://www.tbalert.org/?p=4328 The United Nations General Assembly will convene a historic High-Level Meeting (HLM) on TB with Heads of State, following a resolution endorsed by member states at the UN headquarters in New York. The campaign for the meeting was led by Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Chair of the of Stop TB Partnership Board and Minister of Health of […]

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The United Nations General Assembly will convene a historic High-Level Meeting (HLM) on TB with Heads of State, following a resolution endorsed by member states at the UN headquarters in New York.

The campaign for the meeting was led by Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Chair of the of Stop TB Partnership Board and Minister of Health of South Africa, who said: “The high-level meeting on tuberculosis will heighten awareness of the social and economic devastation caused by this age-old disease and the need for urgent global attention to eliminate TB as a public health threat by 2035.”

A High-Level Meeting is a special session of the United Nations General Assembly convened by governments on issues of global political importance. Previous HLMs have resulted in action-orientated UN political declarations endorsed by Heads of State, which have formed the basis for accelerated national efforts. The meeting on TB in September 2018 will be only the fifth HLM devoted to a health issue, following previous meetings on HIV/AIDS (2001), Non-communicable diseases (2011), Ebola (2014) and Antimicrobial Resistance (2015).

TB Alert and other TB partners joined the call for an HLM in September 2016, reaching out to governments, parliamentarians, and key leaders to secure support for the resolution. Going forward, the Stop TB Partnership will provide regular updates and will convene consultations to ensure strong coordination among partners in the lead up to the UN High-Level Meeting.

Dr Lucica Ditiu, Executive Director of the Stop TB Partnership, said: “This is a historic moment for the TB community.  The UN High-Level Meeting is a significant step on the path to end TB. Heads of State, governments, civil society and the private sector must offer their highest level of political commitment, focus on concrete outputs, make their voices heard, and offer innovative solutions to the TB epidemic. If the TB community unites our efforts, the HLM will go down in history as the moment the world came together to end TB.”

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Call on leaders for a UN High-Level Meeting on TB http://www.tbalert.org/news-article/call-leaders-un-high-level-meeting-tb/ Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:08:07 +0000 http://www.tbalert.org/?p=4316 Tuberculosis is a hidden global emergency. TB is the leading cause of death from an infectious disease and causes 1.8 million deaths a year. Despite this, TB has a low profile on the global political agenda and hasn’t received the attention or resources it deserves. You can make a difference by making sure your MP is aware […]

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Tuberculosis is a hidden global emergency. TB is the leading cause of death from an infectious disease and causes 1.8 million deaths a year. Despite this, TB has a low profile on the global political agenda and hasn’t received the attention or resources it deserves.

You can make a difference by making sure your MP is aware of the urgency of the problem and asking them to support the call for a UN High-Level Meeting on TB in September 2017 at the UN General Assembly in New York – a proposal first put forward by Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Chair of the Stop TB Partnership and Minister of Health of South Africa.

Download the briefing here

Spread the word #UNITE4TB 

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Huge jump in TB deaths revealed by new data http://www.tbalert.org/news-article/huge-jump-tb-deaths-revealed-new-data/ Fri, 14 Oct 2016 11:45:48 +0000 http://www.tbalert.org/?p=4304 WHO’s Global Tuberculosis Report 2016 reveals the shocking news that more people are dying from TB each year than previously realised, up from 1.5 million deaths in 2014 to 1.8 million in 2015. That’s one death from TB every 20 seconds. The majority of these deaths are among the 4.3 million people with TB that, […]

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WHO’s Global Tuberculosis Report 2016 reveals the shocking news that more people are dying from TB each year than previously realised, up from 1.5 million deaths in 2014 to 1.8 million in 2015. That’s one death from TB every 20 seconds. The majority of these deaths are among the 4.3 million people with TB that, according to the report, remain undiagnosed and untreated.

Better data collection and reporting methods, particularly in India which is home to over 20% of the world’s TB cases, has discovered that the global impact of TB has been seriously under-estimated. Over a million more people than previously thought are falling ill with TB each year – there were 10.4 million new cases in 2015. Of these, only 6.1 million were detected and officially notified in 2015. This means that 4.3 million people with TB either failed to reach help entirely, or were treated by unregulated – and most likely unqualified – private practitioners.

Even when people do reach appropriate services for diagnosis and treatment, the treatment gap remains unacceptably high. In 2015, just 20% of people with drug-resistant forms of TB received the correct medication to deal with their TB.

This important new understanding does disguise the fact that much good work has been done. Global TB deaths fell by 22% between 2000 and 2015, while efforts to respond to TB saved more than 3 million lives in 2015.

“The dismal progress in the TB response is a tragedy for the millions of people suffering from this disease. To save more lives now, we must get newly recommended rapid tests, drugs and regimens to those who need them. Current actions and investments fall far short of what is needed,” said Dr Mario Raviglione, Director of the WHO Global TB Programme. “The world is finally waking up to the threat of antimicrobial resistance – now is the time to accelerate the MDR-TB response.”

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Access, testing and treatment for latent tuberculosis http://www.tbalert.org/news-article/access-testing-treatment-latent-tuberculosis/ Tue, 02 Aug 2016 04:55:57 +0000 http://www.tbalert.org/?p=4271 TB Alert has launched a new toolkit for new entrant latent tuberculosis programmes. The toolkit was developed by TB Alert, in partnership with Public Health England and NHS England, to be used locally to assist local programme leads as well as by individual providers involved in any part of the process. The toolkit assesses the three […]

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TB Alert has launched a new toolkit for new entrant latent tuberculosis programmes. The toolkit was developed by TB Alert, in partnership with Public Health England and NHS England, to be used locally to assist local programme leads as well as by individual providers involved in any part of the process.

The toolkit assesses the three stages of a successful latent TB programme – access, testing and treatment. It identifies specific issues and challenges which might arise and strategies which can help address them. It also introduces a range of resources to raise public awareness, improve professional education, promote better communication between providers and patients, and support patients during treatment.

Find out more and download the resource here

 

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Campfires and TB http://www.tbalert.org/news-article/campfires-and-tb/ Tue, 02 Aug 2016 04:29:19 +0000 http://www.tbalert.org/?p=4268 The use of fire by early humans may have triggered the development of tuberculosis as a deadly disease, suggests a study at the University of New South Wales, Australia. A team of researchers investigated how Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which is benign when it lives in soil and water, might have developed into a pathogen which is transmissible […]

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The use of fire by early humans may have triggered the development of tuberculosis as a deadly disease, suggests a study at the University of New South Wales, Australia.

A team of researchers investigated how Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which is benign when it lives in soil and water, might have developed into a pathogen which is transmissible between people. Their computer model found that fire increases the risk of just such a mutation. In addition, campfires can cause smoke damage to lungs, making them more vulnerable to infection, and encourage people to congregate, which increases the chance of disease transmission.

Read more in Archaeology from the Archaeological Institute of America

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New test and regimen to speed MDR-TB diagnosis and shorten treatment http://www.tbalert.org/news-article/new-test-regimen-speed-mdr-tb-diagnosis-shorten-treatment/ Wed, 18 May 2016 01:37:54 +0000 http://www.tbalert.org/?p=4223 Two innovations, described as ‘awesome’ by the Stop TB Partnership, promise to speed up diagnosis and shorten treatment for multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB). Current treatment regimes for MDR-TB are longer and come with a greater risk of side effects than treatment for drug-sensitive TB. This makes it more difficult for people to stick with treatment, […]

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Two innovations, described as ‘awesome’ by the Stop TB Partnership, promise to speed up diagnosis and shorten treatment for multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB).

Current treatment regimes for MDR-TB are longer and come with a greater risk of side effects than treatment for drug-sensitive TB. This makes it more difficult for people to stick with treatment, which has serious consequences for their own health and increases the risk that they will pass TB on to others.

A new rapid diagnostic test provides results in just 24-48 hours rather than the three plus months that are currently required. This means that MDR-TB patients can be diagnosed and started on appropriate treatment more quickly.

Meanwhile, a new treatment regimen promises to improve health outcomes, and reduce TB transmission and deaths, by shortening the length of time that someone is on treatment from up to 2 years to as little as nine months.

Dr Lucica Ditiu, Executive Director of the Stop TB Partnership , comments: “This is an awesome moment and an opportunity to take up a shorter MDR regimen and a new rapid diagnostic test. But I am afraid to celebrate because too often we are shy, reluctant, and slow in embracing and rolling out new tools and approaches. We now need to be daring, innovative risk-takers. We need to ensure that national policies and algorithms in place are aligned with the science. However, if we want to end TB, we need to seriously fund research for a point of care diagnosis, much shorter and affordable treatment, and a new vaccine.”

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Emma Thompson speaks about TB in her family http://www.tbalert.org/news-article/emma-thompson-speaks-tb-family/ Wed, 27 Apr 2016 03:52:00 +0000 http://www.tbalert.org/?p=4215 When Emma Thompson’s son Tindy was diagnosed with TB, they were inspired to find out more about the illness. After learning that London has one of the highest rates of TB in the Western world, Ms Thompson took on the role of the Mayor of London’s TB Ambassador. Hear their story, and the facts about […]

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When Emma Thompson’s son Tindy was diagnosed with TB, they were inspired to find out more about the illness. After learning that London has one of the highest rates of TB in the Western world, Ms Thompson took on the role of the Mayor of London’s TB Ambassador. Hear their story, and the facts about TB in the capital, in this new video. The video was produced by The Greater London Authority and Public Health England, to raise awareness about the impact of TB in the capital. Find out more about Emma’s work with the Mayor of London on the GLA website.

TB in England is most common among people, like Tindy, who were born overseas. This is why a programme of testing and treatment is being rolled out nationally to diagnose and treat latent TB in recently settled people from countries where TB is common. The programme aims to prevent people from falling ill with TB in the future. The programme aims to prevent people from falling ill with TB in the future. In support of this programme, TB Alert is working with Public Health England and NHS England to produce a best practice toolkit for service providers, associated training materials and a suite of awareness and support materials for people offered a test.

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Young professionals key to TB fight in India http://www.tbalert.org/news-article/young-india-roundtable-tb/ Wed, 27 Apr 2016 03:00:14 +0000 http://www.tbalert.org/?p=4217 Blessina Kumar, Chair of the Global Coalition of TB Activists (GCTA) in India and Trustee of TB Alert India, has called for a paradigm shift on TB in India; to include the voices of young, development professionals rather than the purely medical model of the past. At a recent roundtable, young professionals working in urban planning, […]

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Blessina Kumar, Chair of the Global Coalition of TB Activists (GCTA) in India and Trustee of TB Alert India, has called for a paradigm shift on TB in India; to include the voices of young, development professionals rather than the purely medical model of the past.

At a recent roundtable, young professionals working in urban planning, law, health and rural development, rallied to Mrs Kumar’s assertion that: “TB is closely linked and dependent on nutrition, education, planning, waste management,   public  health  systems   and  policy,  environment   and  community   mobilization.  It  is therefore both necessary and relevant to engage with young people across these various sectors.”

Roundtable

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