Tuberculosis Special Edition

Global Health E-News

November 2012

Video: Voices of TB

TB survivors from around the world have come together to show how this debilitating disease can impact one’s life.

  • Listen to their powerful stories of strength in the face of suffering: Voices of TB.

IMPACTblog: An Excellent Diagnosis in Xpert Treatment

It is important to move forward with the GeneXpert  MTB/RIF ® test using a robust, comprehensive approach so we can quickly diagnose the many people with TB and put them on lifesaving treatment.

Infographic: Path to TB Innovation

Did you know we’ve been using nearly the same technology to diagnose TB for more than 100 years? But now there’s an additional tool that can give faster results.

Press Release: Public Private Partnership Announces Immediate 40% Cost Reduction in Rapid TB Test

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the U.S. Agency for International Development, UNITAID, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced an agreement that will significantly reduce the cost of a new, highly accurate rapid diagnostic test for TB in 145 high-burden and developing countries. Research suggests that the incremental scale-up of GeneXpert  MTB/RIF ®  in countries with high TB burdens could allow for the rapid diagnosis of 700,000 cases of TB disease and save health systems in low- and middle-income countries more than U.S. $18 million in direct health costs.

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