There are several reasons that TB patients don’t or can’t adhere to their treatment.
Some vulnerable populations may have fallen through the cracks despite efforts to improve access to HIV services during the pandemic in Nigeria.
Outpatient visits, screening and diagnostic services, and child immunisation were particularly negatively affected.
As antibiotics lose their power to treat some forms of TB, interest in the antibacterial powers of curdlan is rising.
An inhaled COVID-19 vaccine would go directly to where the body would use it: the mucosal surface of the airways. This could mean less waste and more benefit, lower costs and reduced side-effects.
The risk of dying changes over the course of a lifetime. Very high at birth, it falls and then gradually rises again… except for a peak after adolescence. Why such a statistical anomaly?
India’s recent Tuberculosis survey showed worse results than expected.
Unless special attention is given to conflict and HIV the war will undermine the achievement of the 2030 goals to end AIDS, discrimination, and new infections.
Ukraine has one of the highest rates of multidrug-resistant TB in the world.
South Africa is in a new phase of the COVID pandemic. But vaccination remains crucial.
Aids deaths should be falling faster, but treatable fungal disease is keeping the numbers high.
Manufacturers and health systems have shown that vaccines can be quickly and effectively deployed when accompanied by keen political and financial commitments.
The challenges presented by the pandemic are an opportunity for African health systems to move beyond their current limitations.
After a nose swab tests positive for a virus or bacteria, scientists can use the sample’s genetic sequence to figure out where and when the pathogen emerged and how fast it’s changing.
This challenges the current assumption that coughing is the primary driver of TB transmission.
Progress against tuberculosis has long been inadequate to reach the target of elimination by 2030. But before the COVID-19 pandemic the world was making steady progress in diagnosing and treating TB.
Countries must be encouraged to distribute essential healthcare provision - like diagnosis - to where people most need them and where they can be accessed more easily.
COVID has shown us we can develop a range of safe and effective vaccines. Now we need to do the same for TB.
Until vaccines that are capable of protecting all populations against TB are developed, treatment is the best option to preventing infection.
An out-of-control COVID epidemic in PNG would be a humanitarian and economic disaster for the nation itself, and a grave threat to the region.