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More Great News on the Global Fund

If you remember back in March, when we met with global leaders in The Hague, the Global Fund released some impressive reports detailing their work to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. Now, just a few months later, they’ve released new data, and the results are astounding:

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A World TB Day Gift for TB Vaccines

It’s challenging to work on tuberculosis. Even though TB still kills almost 2 million people each year, not enough is spent to stop it, and few grasp the urgent need for new vaccines. Yet, last week we got gratifying news when the United Kingdom announced its first-ever grant to my organization for TB vaccine development.

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Hero Rats

With World Tuberculosis Day this week, TakePart.com has an interesting story about rats trained to detect tuberculosis.
They write:

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Drug-Resistant TB at Record Levels

The WHO just released its 2010 report on multidrug and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (M/XDR-TB) surveillance and response, providing the latest information on the status of this global epidemic.

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World Tuberculosis Day

Today is World Tuberculosis Day, and to commemorate the occasion, Dr. Rajiv Shah– USAID Administrator– recorded a video discussing the new US Government’s Global Tuberculosis Strategy. He describes the plan as a “blueprint for expanded treatment and control over the next five years.”
You can watch the video (transcript included) here.

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How to get better treatment for TB?

Written with Meskerem Gebregiorgis.
Last week, The Critical Path to Tuberculosis (TB) Drug Regimens Initiative (CPTR) was announced. The historic announcement occurred prior to World Tuberculosis Day on March 24. Pharmaceutical companies, civil society members, and regulatory officials have joined forces to address the urgent need to develop new combination drug regimens to treat TB.

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