TB and HIV/AIDS (coming soon)
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New tuberculosis e-course from ICN will help build global capacity ( 10 November 2010)
Press Release 19 March 2010 On the move against tuberculosis: Nurses from 11 countries awarded for outstanding achievement in TB prevention, care and treatment
Press Release 24 March 2009 Nurses from Russia, the Philippines and sub- Saharan Africa Garner Awards for Excellence in TB and Drug-resistant TB Work
Press Release November 19 2008 Lilly and International Council of Nurses Win Partnership Award from the US Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center [français | español]
Press Release 25 September 2008 Scaling Up the Global Nursing Workforce to Fight Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis [français | español]
Press Release 5 May 2008 Outstanding Nurses Receive ICN/Lilly Award for their Work in Tuberculosis and Multi–drug Resistant TB [ français | español]
Press Release 22 March 2007 Five Nurses Win the Newly Launched ICN/Lilly Award for Work in Tuberculosis and Multi–drug Resistant TB [russian, french and español]
Press Release 21 March 2006 Nobel Peace Laureates and representatives of 20 million health care providers call on governments to fund the scale up of human resources needed to fight TB [français | español]
ICN Press Release 31 August 2005 ICN Responds to Tuberculosis Crisis with a Capacity Building Programme for Nurses [français | español]
ICN Press Release 23 March 2005 A New Global Resource for the Nurses in Fighting TB and Multi-drug resistant TB [français | español]
World TB Day Press Releases
KAMPALA, 20 March 2008 (PLUSNEWS) - Becky Mugisha* had been ill with a hacking cough for three months before she was admitted into one of Kampala's busiest tuberculosis (TB) wards, but she recognised the symptoms long before that. It was her second bout with the disease.
The last time Mugisha had had TB, about a year before, she was put on a sixth-month course of treatment. As a person living with HIV, she was used to taking multiple pills on a daily basis, but she failed to complete her treatment because the dispensing clinic where she lives in Wakiso, just east of Uganda's capital, Kampala, ran out of the drugs. Mugisha's compromised immune system and treatment history made her susceptible to infection with multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB), a strain of the disease that requires more expensive and extensive treatment and affects 4.4 percent of TB patients in Uganda who have previously been treated for the disease, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Now Mugisha is receiving inpatient treatment at the TB unit in Mulago Hospital, Kampala's main referral hospital. While many hospitals and health centres outside Kampala can treat TB, few can handle MDR-TB cases that often require long hospital stays.
JOHANNESBURG, 25 March 2008 (PLUSNEWS) - Another hospital breakout in South Africa by drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) patients desperate to spend the holidays with their families has some public health experts questioning whether forced isolation is either the most effective or humane way to treat such patients.
On Thursday, 25 patients with multi drug-resistant (MDR) TB and eight with extensively drug-resistant(XDR) TB pushed their way past guards at Jose Pearson TB Hospital in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape. By Monday, 21 of them had returned, most of them voluntarily, four as a result of court orders.
MDR-TB is resistant to the two most powerful anti-TB drugs, while XDR-TB is resistant to these and at least two others. Whereas non-drug resistant TB is treated on an out-patient basis with a six-month course of drugs, South Africa's policy is to treat drug-resistant TB patients as in-patients until they are no longer infectious. XDR-TB patients, who are the most difficult to treat and pose the greatest public health risk, are required to spend up to two years in hospital, isolated from their families and facing the very real possibility that they will die before being released.
NAIROBI, 2 April 2008 (PLUSNEWS) -
Caption: The national referral hospital has already seen seven new cases of MDR-TB from one IDP camp in the capital, Nairobi
The threat of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) has been heightened by the displacement of an estimated 300,000 people in Kenya's recent political crisis, health workers have said.
"During the violence, many displaced people were disrupted from their lives, which meant disruption from drugs," said Dr Henderson Irimu, head of the HIV/TB treatment care at the Kenyatta National Hospital, the country's largest referral hospital. "Due to the violence it was impossible for people to come for medication."
Irimu said there had been an increase in MDR-TB, a form of the disease that does not respond to standard treatment, usually because of a failure to complete first-line treatment. When patients are co-infected with HIV, it is often lethal.
"So far we have seven new cases of MDR-TB who were brought at the hospital from Mathare internally displaced settlement [in the capital, Nairobi]," he said. "Some would come and admit to not having taken TB medication since the violence began."
"Patients who were found to have developed resistance to first line medication require to be treated in isolation for a period of four months to reduce the spread, but there is a need for a special clinic or ward facility for MDR-TB," he added.
MATANY, 27 May 2008 (PLUSNEWS) - Namoe Aisha, an HIV-positive widow with four children, is currently undergoing treatment for tuberculosis at the Matany Hospital in Moroto district, a remote region of Karamoja in northeastern Uganda. She told IRIN/PlusNews about the difficulties she has encountered since being diagnosed with the virus two years ago.
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MANILA, 4 June 2008 (IRIN) - According to the World Health Organization, the Philippines has the ninth highest number of tuberculosis cases in the world and the highest in southeast Asia. Globally, there were more than nine million new cases and about 1.7 million deaths from the disease in 2006; the WHO estimates there are more than 14 million people living with TB, which kills 75 Filipinos each day.
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DURBAN, 3 July 2008 (PLUSNEWS) - The increasing number of South Africans contracting drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) demands a radically different approach than the current policy of isolating patients in specialised facilities for long periods. This was the message of several presentations at the first national TB conference, held in Durban this week.
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