Call on leaders for a UN High-Level Meeting on TB

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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Huge jump in TB deaths revealed by new data

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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Access, testing and treatment for latent tuberculosis

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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Campfires and TB

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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Emma Thompson speaks about TB in her family

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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Young professionals key to TB fight in India

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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New NICE TB guidance combines social and clinical aspects

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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Quest for vaccine to beat TB by 2035

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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World’s first child-friendly TB medication launched

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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