We need people – people like those in TB Alert, who are focused and ambitious and care for people at grass roots in the UK, India and Africa. Dr Lucica Ditiu, Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership
The study, which was published in the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, overturned an old fear that weak TB patients would be killed by the inflammation and fluids released into their lungs when antiretroviral drugs start affecting their immune systems.
However, “immune reconstitution” can usually be managed with anti-inflammatory drugs and far fewer patients in the study died when they received treatments simultaneously, according to Dr Gerald Friedland, a TB specialist at the Yale School of Public Health.
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TB Alert has supported a two-day TB awareness raising workshop for asylum seekers in Liverpool. Around 120 people took part in the event, which was hosted by our partner Asylum Link Merseyside. TB Alert’s Community Development Officer, Ikenna Obianwa, helped facilitate sessions, while TB nurses, community health workers, interpreters and staff and volunteers were on hand to explain the risks and symptoms of, and treatment for, the illness.
Participants had the chance to ask questions and talk about their own experiences about TB in a relaxed and informal setting and feedback showed as a result of the sessions, they gained a wider understanding of the illness.
TB Alert supported the workshop, which is among several initiatives to help generate awareness of TB in inner cities in the UK.
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Established in 1991, NPL provides sexual health and HIV prevention, support, advocacy, and informational services to targeted Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in greater London.
The organisation is expanding its work with BAME Ethnic communities and is looking for a dynamic and committed person to deliver a brand new programme raising awareness of TB in the borough of Haringey with at-risk population groups.
The successful candidate must have experience of delivering health promotion outreach activities and possess excellent interpersonal skills. An ability to speak one or more South Asian or African language is preferable but not essential.
For further information go to www.naz.org.uk/Jobs.php
TB quickly became widespread in Russia and the other former Soviet states in the early 1990s after the collapse of the Soviet Union and its health system. One explanation for the rise of the drug-resistant type is the incomplete antibiotics treatments received by patients, as reported in a study in the journal Nature.
But the study also looked at samples of the disease from over 2,000 patients and sequenced the genomes of approximately 1,000 of them. Apart from identifying unknown mutations associated with antibiotic resistance, it also discovered “compensatory mutations” that allowed the disease to spread easily.
The World Health Organization estimates that around half of the multi-drug resistant cases in the WHO European region are estimated to be in the Russian Federation.
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