TB Alert http://www.tbalert.org for a future without tuberculosis Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:51:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 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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New NICE TB guidance combines social and clinical aspects http://www.tbalert.org/news-article/new-nice-tb-guidance-combines-social-and-clinical-aspects/ Tue, 19 Jan 2016 10:33:31 +0000 http://www.tbalert.org/?p=4102 NICE – the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence – has published updated guidance to better treat and prevent tuberculosis. For the first time, the guidance combines clinical advice and public health guidance in recognition of the importance of tackling the social aspects of TB alongside the clinical aspects of the illness. The guidance includes […]

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NICE – the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence – has published updated guidance to better treat and prevent tuberculosis.

For the first time, the guidance combines clinical advice and public health guidance in recognition of the importance of tackling the social aspects of TB alongside the clinical aspects of the illness. The guidance includes recommendations for health professionals, public health workers and the voluntary sector.

The guidance focuses on three key areas:

  • education to increase TB awareness
  • TB prevention, including through the extension of treatment for latent TB infection from 35 years-and-under to 65 years-and-under
  • improved treatment support to avoid drug resistance and limit onward infection.

Access the guidance through the NICE website

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Quest for vaccine to beat TB by 2035 http://www.tbalert.org/news-article/quest-for-vaccine-to-beat-tb-by-2035/ Thu, 10 Dec 2015 11:27:33 +0000 http://www.tbalert.org/?p=3896 From a TB clinic in Cape Town, the Guardian reports on the quest for a new TB vaccine that lays at the heart of the Stop TB Partnership’s  new Global Plan to Stop TB ambition to end tuberculosis as a public health threat by 2035. Yoliswa Qaku, a mother from Cape Town, had her son […]

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From a TB clinic in Cape Town, the Guardian reports on the quest for a new TB vaccine that lays at the heart of the Stop TB Partnership’s  new Global Plan to Stop TB ambition to end tuberculosis as a public health threat by 2035.

Yoliswa Qaku, a mother from Cape Town, had her son vaccinated against TB in infancy, and believed that he was protected against TB for life. She did not understand why other vaccinated children in her neighbourhood continued to fall ill with TB, until her son was asked to participate in a vaccine trial. She now understands that the BCG offers only limited protection, which is why some 9 million people fall ill with TB each year, despite widespread uptake of the BCG.

“Unless we have a vaccine, we will not be able to eliminate TB,” said Dr Lucica Ditiu, the executive director of the Stop TB Partnership. “We will drop the numbers down. We will save many lives. But we will not eliminate. The vaccine is the only solution.”

However, the route to an effective TB vaccine is beset with problems: there are few candidates coming through the drug development pipeline; there is no consensus about whether a vaccine should be given before someone even breathes in TB bacteria, or to prevent latent TB from becoming active; and money for TB is in short supply.

This lack of priority for TB, the article concludes, has not just slowed the search for a vaccine, but also helped catapult TB to the top of the list of deadliest diseases.

Read the full article on The Guardian website

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World’s first child-friendly TB medication launched http://www.tbalert.org/news-article/tb-alliance-announces-worlds-first-child-friendly-tb-medication/ Thu, 03 Dec 2015 12:10:00 +0000 http://www.tbalert.org/?p=3892 TB Alliance and its partners have launched the World’s first child-friendly tuberculosis (TB) medications. The improved treatments are the first to meet child dosage guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2010. They are dispersible and palatable, simple to administer and affordable. At least 1 million children become ill with TB each year and […]

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TB Alliance and its partners have launched the World’s first child-friendly tuberculosis (TB) medications. The improved treatments are the first to meet child dosage guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2010. They are dispersible and palatable, simple to administer and affordable.

At least 1 million children become ill with TB each year and 140,000 children die of this curable disease. Infants and young children are at special risk of having severe, often fatal forms of TB, which can leave them blind, deaf, paralyzed or mentally disabled. At least 1 million children have TB and 400 die each day from the disease. To date, children around the world have not yet had access to appropriate TB medicines.

Children need different doses of TB medicines than adults. Currently, parents and care providers approximate the correct dose for a child by crushing or chopping available drugs. This gives the medication a bitter taste and usually results in imprecise dosing. This makes the treatment less effective, leading to poor health outcomes and the development of more difficult to treat drug-resistant TB in children.

 

The new TB medicines are improved formulations of the three most commonly used drugs to treat drug-sensitive TB (rifampicin, isoniazid, and pyrazinamide). They are simple for providers and parents to administer and easy for children to take.

Read the TB Alliance press release

Sign the petition to call on World leaders to do more to tackle childhood TB

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Petition world leaders to end childhood TB http://www.tbalert.org/news-article/petition-world-leaders-to-end-childhood-tb/ Wed, 02 Dec 2015 16:40:13 +0000 http://www.tbalert.org/?p=3886 There’s a global health crisis: Tuberculosis (TB) kills nearly 400 children each day. It is the leading infectious cause of death worldwide – ahead of HIV. But kids with TB have remained neglected, uncounted, and untreated. But there’s new hope: More can be done. New and improved TB cures for children are on the way, and with a […]

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CPT-143692-04There’s a global health crisis: Tuberculosis (TB) kills nearly 400 children each day. It is the leading infectious cause of death worldwide – ahead of HIV. But kids with TB have remained neglected, uncounted, and untreated.

But there’s new hope: More can be done. New and improved TB cures for children are on the way, and with a renewed commitment to find and treat sick kids with the best possible medicines, we can save millions of lives. But, without sufficient funding and political will, this will not happen.

That’s where you come in: We need you to ask world leaders to commit to addressing childhood TB, repairing families, and treating children with the best possible medicines. Lend your voice to help save the lives of children worldwide.

Sign the petition to tell world leaders to commit to ending childhood TB

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Fear factor – do we need to fear a disease to eliminate it? http://www.tbalert.org/news-article/fear-factor-do-we-need-to-fear-a-disease-to-eliminate-it/ Mon, 19 Oct 2015 15:49:06 +0000 http://www.tbalert.org/?p=3747 A new Stop TB Partnership video highlights the limited knowledge people have about TB, especially in developed countries. The video takes a novel approach. Although TB is one of the deadliest diseases, people have forgotten about it, quite possibly because it’s been around for so long. So what if it was given a new name, like ILD […]

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A new Stop TB Partnership video highlights the limited knowledge people have about TB, especially in developed countries.

The video takes a novel approach. Although TB is one of the deadliest diseases, people have forgotten about it, quite possibly because it’s been around for so long. So what if it was given a new name, like ILD — infectious lung disease?

The producers asked people on the streets of London what they thought about ILD. Most were surprised to learn about the high level of global infection. They were even more surprised to learn that ILD is in fact TB, and that it is still very much present today.

Watch the video

Find out more about the Stop TB Partnership

 

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