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Doctors Without Borders supporters march in protest to the American Consulate in Johannesburg in 2012 over lack of funding to fight HIV. Photo by Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images

TB, HIV and COVID-19: urgent questions as three epidemics collide

Very little is known about the relationship between COVID-19 and HIV and TB. What is known is that people's lungs are affected by all three.
World TB Day awareness rally and skit featuring young people on March 24, 2018 in Mumbai, India. Bachchan Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Just as in coronavirus, young people are key to stopping tuberculosis

Today is World TB Day. With attention turned toward coronavirus, it might seem too much to think about. But there's a lot to consider about the role of young people in stopping both diseases.
Fluorescence microscopy of mycobacteria. Michael A. Reiche, Timothy J. de Wet, Ryan Dinkele and Digby F. Warner

TB: Scientists know a great deal, but there’s still more to learn

Scientists need greater understanding of the bacterium's basic biology, as well as more about how it is spread from one individual to the next.
A girl takes her tuberculosis medication under the supervision of a health worker in Himachal Pradesh, India. (WHO/M.Grzemska)

A human-rights approach is essential to end the global TB epidemic

Tuberculosis kills more people globally than any other infectious disease. A human-rights approach and investment in quality care are essential to ending the global epidemic.
New research holds promise of a shorter treatment course for people with drugresistant- TB. Daniel Irungu/EPA

Drug-resistant TB: a new study offers new hope

New research shows that the treatment of drug resistant-TB can be reduced from the current duration of 20 to 24 months to less than a year.
A new short drug treatment for tuberculosis, called BPaMZ, is showing promise in trials. (The National Center for Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (Georgia) on behalf of TB Alliance)

To eliminate TB we need imagination and ambition

We cannot end TB with century-old technologies and poor quality care. It is time to reinvent the way we are managing TB, and overcome our collective failures of the imagination.

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