Author Archive | Helen Clegg

MEP calls for EU action on TB

European MEP, Claudiu Ciprian Tanasescu , has called for EU and worldwide action on the growing threat of TB and drug-resistant TB in the European Parliament’s newsletter. He writes, in the EU the fight against TB costs €15m per week and €750m per year in medical costs and leads to the death of seven people […]

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TB Special Report

The Financial Times has issued its annual special report on tuberculosis, in time for World TB Day 2013, featuring articles on: the impact of austerity on funding for TB; how tuberculosis has failed to capture imaginations in the same way as HIV; the arduous route from drug pipeline to patient; mineworker mobility and TB in […]

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Mozambique turn to technology

The Guardian reports on the roll out of GeneXpert, a rapid testing machine designed to speed up diagnosis of tuberculosis, across Mozambique. The cartridge based machine has been trialled in hospitals in Maputo and Tete with the intention of speeding diagnosis for TB – particularly to identify drug-resistant forms of the illness – from two […]

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We can stop this epidemic

The Guardian reports that the drug pipeline for TB is the best it has ever been, with 10 drugs in clinical testing. Delamanid is currently undergoing review by the European Medicines Agency. This follows closely on the heels of the US Food and Drug Administration approval of bedaquiline in late 2012, the first dedicated new […]

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New primary care resources

TB Alert in association with the Health Protection Agency and Royal College of GPs, have launched a new suite of resources to raise awareness of TB among primary care professionals. The suite includes online TB training for primary care clinicians and a TB resource pack for TB Specialist Nurses. The primary care awareness materials are […]

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EXPOSED: The Race Against TB

EXPOSED is a four-part series of short films that tell the story of the deadly global epidemic of tuberculosis. The series focuses on current efforts to halt this airborne disease, which is growing more difficult to address, as well as the urgent movement to develop new tools to prevent it. By telling the stories of […]

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