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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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DAPP Malawi and TB Alert seek consultant for project review

DAPP Malawi and TB Alert are seeking a consultant to undertake a final evaluation of our ‘Integrated HIV/TB Project in Thyolo, Malawi’. The project, funded by Comic Relief, focuses on increasing community knowledge and awareness of HIV and TB; improving the quality of HIV and TB services through microscopy training, doorstep HIV testing and sputum […]

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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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Knighthood for former TB Alert Trustee and founding member

Everyone at TB Alert would like to wish the warmest congratulations to Professor Sir Alimuddin (Ali) Zumla, who has been awarded a Knighthood (KBE) in the Queen’s 2017 Birthday Honours for his exceptional services to Public Health and Infectious Diseases. Sir Zumla is Professor of Infectious Diseases and International Health at University College London (UCL) […]

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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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