Global Distribution of Tropical Diseases

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Tuberculosis threatens one-third of the world’s population. The World Health Organization declared tuberculosis a global health emergency in 1993. The magnitude of the problem changed dramatically during the 1990s due to deteriorating control in some parts of the world (notably eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union), the spread of HIV, and population growth. Without a coordinated control effort, tuberculosis will infect an estimated 1 billion more people by 2020, killing 70 million.

Review Articles

10 Dec 2010

Deciding on the priorities for tuberculosis research

Improved transparency and increased use of the process of systematic reviews are required in the task of priority setting.
Source: Lancet Infectious Diseases
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2 Jun 2010

Do the poor benefit from infectious disease programmes?

When interventions are planned, insufficient thought is given as to whether the poorest and most vulnerable members of society will benefit, according to the findings of a new review of the evidence. The reviewers call for more research to assess which infectious disease programmes benefit the poor and to identify the mechanisms that determine “pro-poor effectiveness”.
Source: Journal
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1 Aug 2011

WHO bans serological tests for active TB

Blood tests for TB are ‘bad practice,’ says the agency

29 Mar 2011

World TB Day: involving world leaders and local communities

A look back at some of the events and new initiatives held to mark World TB Day.

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Editorial Opinions

10 Aug 2011

The medical, public health and economic consequences of bad diagnostics

TB serodiagnostics as a case study

24 Feb 2011

Funding research into the infectious diseases of poverty: what happens now?

The latest G-FINDER report says that funding for basic scientific research has increased but finances available for product development have fallen. How can funders determine where the greatest needs lie and work more closely together?

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Research Articles

12 Jan 2011

TB risk in prisons spills over to impact the wider population

A review of the evidence underlines the high tuberculosis risk faced by individuals who are in prison, and shows that within-prison transmission increases national TB prevalence. But there are a few data available on prisoners in countries with the highest burden of the disease.
Source: PLoS Medicine
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4 Jan 2011

Routine treatment of pregnant women for worms: is it worthwhile?

Routine treatment of pregnant women for worm infections has been recommended, but researchers who conducted a recent trial conclude that the practice has no value.
Source: Lancet
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7 Jul 2010

Millennium Development Goals Report 2010

While efforts to control infectious diseases have made progress, much more needs to be done. A “refocus” on pneumonia and diarrhoea is urgently required.
Source: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
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29 Jun 2010

Drug resistance: a call to action

A report from the Center for Global Development highlights the urgent action that is needed to confront resistant strains of the organisms that cause the infectious diseases of poverty.
Source: Center for Global Development
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