Tuberculosis

New results show a much shorter treatment regimen for drug-resistant TB is superior to current care TB-PRACTECAL, a clinical trial led by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has found that a new all-oral six-month treatment regimen is safer and more effective at treating...
The violence in Afghanistan has surged since May with fighting around and inside provincial capitals between the Afghan forces and the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA, also known as the Taliban). This is impeding access to medical care, increasing the number of people killed and wounded by...
After a week of unrest in the KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces, in South Africa, people are still feeling the effects of the violence, with many vulnerable communities – particularly informal settlements – reporting difficulties in accessing food and health care. Despite calm returning, health...
A trial aiming to find a better treatment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) has stopped enrolling patients early after its independent data safety and monitoring board indicated that the regimen being studied is superior to current care, and more patient data was extremely unlikely to...
The pharmaceutical corporation Johnson & Johnson (J&J) today announced a reduced price of US$1.50* per day for the tuberculosis (TB) drug bedaquiline, which is an important step that should allow more people with drug-resistant forms of TB (DR-TB) to access this lifesaving drug. But the...
The only European country facing an armed conflict, Ukraine's healthcare system was already under great strain, especially in the east where sporadic hostilities have left many struggling to access healthcare. The spread of COVID-19 threatens to further overwhelm the country's healthcare capacity...
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) released findings from a follow-up survey of its community-based HIV/TB project in Eshowe, KwaZulu Natal. It shows that the project has achieved the UNAIDS targets of 90-90-90 1 one year ahead of the 2020 deadline, with results of 90-94-95: 90% of people living with...

Inaccessibility to treatment and drug resistant bacteria are not the only factors that make tuberculosis challenging to address.

©MSF Calls on US pharma corporation Johnson & Johnson to cut key TB drug price in half People with drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) continue to be deprived of today’s best-possible treatment in part because of high drug prices, according to a new report—DR-TB Drugs Under the Microscope—...
Kasaye sits on his bed in the intensive care unit of the MSF health centre in Abdurafi, a bottle of soda and some cookies in his hands. He looks incredibly frail and the simple acts of drinking and eating seem to require immense effort. “This is the thirteenth time that I have come to MSF for kala...
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