TREATS tuberculosis (TB) study launches COVID-19 study using existing mobile TB testing facilities in Zambia

A major TB study currently underway and aimed at investigating methods to reduce TB prevalence and infection in Zambia and South Africa will soon begin testing for COVID-19 using existing mobile TB testing facilities in the Bwacha – Ngungu community of Kabwe in Zambia. HealthTimes Reporter The 18-month study will be nested within the ongoing TREATS study to measure the prevalence and spread of COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) in Zambia working with one urban community with a target population of 28,000. The country has recorded 11,345 confirmed cases with 282 COVID-19 deaths (classified…

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51st Union World Conference on Lung Health to be held virtually 20-24 October 2020

IN light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) has announced today that the 51st Union World Conference on Lung Health (Union World Conference) will be virtual. HealthTimes Reporter Originally planned to be held in Seville in Spain, the event will continue to host a programme featuring cutting edge science around tuberculosis (TB), air pollution and tobacco control, but also deliver a track and special sessions dedicated to COVID-19 and its intersection with lung health and infectious diseases. Dr Anthony Fauci, Director of NIAID and…

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COVID-19 To Cause 1.4 Million TB Deaths

KNCV Tuberculosis (TB) Foundation (KNCV) has  warned of a spike TB deaths over the next five years due to failure to diagnose and treat new cases during the prevailing lockdwons being observed at a global level. By Michael Gwarisa Agnes Gebhard, technical director of KNCV said an estimated 20 percent more TB patients are expected to die between now and 2025 especially in low and middle income countries. Millions of TB patients worldwide are fighting for their lives and now have to cope with COVID-19 as well. Extra support for these…

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Private Sector Invited To Help End TB In Zimbabwe

THE Stop TB Partnership in Zimbabwe has called on private sector and corporate players to join hands with government and other partners in combating Tuberculosis (TB) as the country works towards eliminating the disease by 2035. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking at the Stop TB Partnership Breakfast meeting, Dr Joseph Mafurira from the department of AIDS and TB in the Ministry of health and child care said Zimbabwe’s goal of eliminating TB could only be achieved through collective effort from government and private sector. Our national TB control program vision is…

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Shortened DR TB Treatment Offers Ray Of Hope For TB Patients

A Study by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) shows long-term effectiveness for shortened DR-TB treatment regimen up to 24 months after treatment completion Results from a Union-led observational study (1) published in The Lancet’s EClinicalMedicine, show that a nine-month shortened treatment regimen for rifampicin-resistant tuberculosis (RR-TB) delivered to patients under programmatic conditions maintains a good level of effectiveness up to 24 months after completion. Until now there has been limited data on the long-term effectiveness of this treatment regimen after completion. The study reports on…

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Ex WENELA Miner Recounts Horrific Health Conditions

Talks TB exposure Squalid living arrangements Inhuman treatment & racism IN the mid-70s, at the height of Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle, South Africa opened up job opportunities in its mining fields with the aim of luring the young and youthful men mainly from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, Angola and others to work in the mines. By Michael Gwarisa Some say the call by South Africa to have young men work in their mine fields was a botched effort meant to distract young people from joining the liberation struggles in their respective…

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Global tuberculosis epidemic cannot be ended unless it is eliminated in India

THE 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health taking place in Hyderabad, India, has opened with a call to end the emergency of the global tuberculosis (TB) epidemic, now responsible for killing some 1.5 million people each year. “Ending the TB emergency starts right here in India,” said José Luis Castro, Executive Director of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), convenor of the Union World Conference, which is being held for the first time in India in half a century. The Indian government led by Prime…

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Scientists Move Closer To Unleashing TB Vaccine

THE Union against Tuberculosis (TB) and Lung Disease Scientific Director, Dr Paula Fujiwara said scientists were a step closer to releasing a vaccine for the deadly disease which has claimed millions of lives globally. By Michael Gwarisa He said this during the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health being held in Hyderabad, India  We are one more cautious, but exciting, step closer to a vaccine for tuberculosis (TB). A vaccine is the ultimate prevention tool and the announcement today is welcome news, but as researchers discuss how to move…

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The Union Commences Targeted TB Screening In Communities

THE International Union Against Tuberculosis (TB) and Lung Diseases has commenced targeted screening  in Seke and Chitungwiza, with the aim of identifying screening treatment and treatment initiatives on the spot. By Michael Gwarisa According to The Union, the program is targeting high HIV and TB risk groups which include People Living with HIV (PLHIV), former and present miners, congregate settings, smokers, people in contact with TB patients, the elderly, malnourished persons, under 5s, health workers, ex prisoners and lost to followup TB patients. The Union has already released screening schedules …

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Zim Annual TB Incidence Falls By 8%

CASES of new Tuberculosis (TB) infections have declined by 8% at the back of improved access to TB screening treatment and care at community level. By Michael Gwarisa The incidence of tuberculosis (TB) is defined as the number of new TB cases in one year per 100,000 population whereas  prevalence of tuberculosis is defined as the number of TB cases in a population at a given point in time (sometimes referred to as “point prevalence”) per 100,000 population Speaking at the Mid Term Review of the Zimbabwe National TB program,…

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