Author Archive | Helen Clegg

Ministers make new global commitment to end TB

Last week in Moscow, 75 ministers agreed to take urgent action to end tuberculosis (TB) by 2030. The announcement came at the first WHO Global Ministerial Conference on Ending Tuberculosis in the Sustainable Development Era: A Multisectoral Response, which brought together delegates from 114 countries. The Moscow Declaration to End TB is a promise to […]

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Race against TB in The Virgin Money London Marathon 2018

The London marathon is often described as the world’s greatest marathon, and the huge demand for the limited places reflects this! You can guarantee your entry and help save lives from TB by signing up for TB Alert’s Silver Bond place. As places are limited, we ask interested runners to commit to raising over £2500 […]

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WHO: antimicrobial resistance a global health emergency

A new WHO report, Antibacterial agents in clinical development – an analysis of the antibacterial clinical development pipeline, including tuberculosis,  describes antimicrobial resistance and the lack of new antibiotic candidates as a ‘global health emergency’. The report found that very few treatment options exist for antibiotic-resistant infections, including drug-resistant tuberculosis, and that most drugs in the […]

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Professor Dame Margaret Turner-Warwick (1924-2017)

All at TB Alert are saddened at the recent passing of our Vice President, Professor Dame Margaret Turner-Warwick. Professor Dame Margaret Turner-Warwick achieved an enormous amount in her 92 years. She had an illustrious career as a leading thoracic physician and was appointed the first female president of the Royal College of Physicians. Dame Margaret knew […]

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New study finds 20 year plus benefit from BCG in adolescence

New research from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and National Institute of Health research finds that the BCG offers more protection against TB than previously thought – offering over 20 years’ protection when given to adolescent children in the UK. Though the protection offered by the BCG varies by geographic region, according to […]

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Professor John Grange (1943-2017) – Honorary Vice President

Professor John Grange was born in East Dereham, Norfolk in April 1943.  John attended Gresham’s School in Holt, Norfolk, before training as a physician at The University of London’s Middlesex Hospital Medical School between 1962 and 1967. After qualifying, John travelled in Zaire before joining the Middlesex Hospital Research Department, where he studied the genus […]

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G20 declaration recognises TB as major global economic challenge

The G20 Leader’s Declaration, published this weekend, has listed anti-microbial resistance (AMR) – including drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis – as a key global economic challenge. In a section devoted to AMR, the declaration recognises AMR as a growing threat to public health and economic growth and calls for a number of important measures to address […]

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New TB ethics guidance from WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched ethics guidance for TB to help protect the rights of affected communities worldwide. The guidance focuses particularly on the vulnerable communities who bear the greatest burden of TB: migrants; prisoners; ethnic minorities; miners; and marginalised women, children and older people. The guidance addresses issues such as isolation, the […]

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UK International Development Secretary pledge to strengthen TB role

The International Development Secretary, Priti Patel, pledged to strengthen the UK’s role in the fight against TB and drug-resistance, in a speech yesterday at the Bond Annual Conference. During the speech, Ms Patel also renewed the UK’s commitment to overseas aid and set out DfID’s future priorities and ambitions. This included the announcement of a new partnership […]

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Childhood TB epidemic unveiled in new review

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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