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Misdiagnosis, low case detection hurting pediatric TB treatment

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Misdiagnosis and low case detection among children is hindering Tuberculosis treatment in Ntungamo district, according to health authorities.  Children are a soft landing spot for Tuberculosis once exposed due to low immunity. However, the challenge is worsened by misdiagnosis with most of the infected …

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Gov’t asked to integrate Hepatitis, HIV treatment

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Civil Society Organizations from over 25 countries have called for governments in Africa to integrate treatment and prevention programmes for Hepatitis into other health programmes like HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis that are proving to be a success. They pointed out that Prevention of Mother to Child …

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Drug-resistant TB

A new study offers new hope | Andrew Nunn and I.D. Rusen | Tuberculosis (TB) is the leading cause of death in the world from a single infectious disease, causing more deaths than HIV/AIDS. In 2017, 10 million people developed TB disease globally and an estimated 1.6 million died. One …

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‘Game changer’ tuberculosis drug cures 8 in 10

Paris, France | AFP | A new treatment for a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis can cure 80 percent of sufferers, according to a trial hailed Monday as a “game changer” in the fight against the global killer. Doctors in Belarus — a country with one of the highest rates of …

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World’s first malaria vaccine

Children aged five to 17 months old in Kenya, Ghana, Malawi to test it Ghana, Kenya and Malawi have been chosen to test the world’s first malaria vaccine through a pilot program beginning next year, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on April 24. The vaccine, which has partial effectiveness …

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Government gets new TB detecting machines

On Feb.10, the Ministry of Health received nine tuberculosis testing machines worth $153,000 as a donation from the US government. Dubbed GeneXpert machines, the equipment that can form an accurate diagnose of a TB patient in just two hours will enable health workers detect and monitor both tuberculosis and drug-resistant …

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