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Masoud Dara, MD - WHO Europe - EURO Christopher Gilpin, PhD, MPH - World Health Organization - WHO Dylan Tierney, MD, MPH - Brigham and Women's Hospital, Division of Global Health Equity
Nutrition care and support for patients with TB

Dear colleagues, Please find below the link to a recently published WHO guidelines on "Nutritional care and support for patients with tuberculosis". http://who.int/tb/publications/nutcare_support_patients_with_tb/en/ It would be interesting to know whether…

By Masoud Dara, MD on 30 Sep 2014 0 Recommendations 0 Replies
9 month bangldesh regimen for MDR TB

Thank you very much for this. I am beginning to wonder whether this regimen will work in South Africa with such a high burden of HIV? I think one of the limiting factors for it to yield similar results as in Bangladesh is the HIV epidemic. Dr. Obakeng…

By Ariful Basher on 11 Sep 2014 0 Recommendations 1 Replies
Appeal to Janssen: lower the cost of bedaquiline

On September 10, 2014 several organizations and individuals working on TB sent an open letter to Janssen appealing to the company to lower bedaquiline's price for all non-high-income countries. Bedaquiline (Sirturo) is the first new TB drug from a new drug…

By Erica Lessem on 11 Sep 2014 0 Recommendations 0 Replies
WHO receiving 2014 Lung Health Award

Dear colleagues, Our Regional Director Zsuzsanna Jakab receives the 2014 Lung Health Award. http://www.europeanlung.org/en/news-and-events/media-centre/press-releases/who-honoured-with-lung-health-award-for-air-quality-guidelines Please find in this link…

By Masoud Dara, MD on 08 Sep 2014 0 Recommendations 0 Replies
Important study: effective MDR-TB treatment can "tip the balance against transmission"

Dear Masoud, Many thanks for important information.

By Erica Lessem on 08 Sep 2014 0 Recommendations 13 Replies
4Month Moxifloxacin-Based Regimens for Drug-Sensitive Tuberculosis.pdf

Thank you 2014-09-08 20:36 GMT+00:00 Elizabeth Glaser via GHDonline :

By Irfan Malik on 08 Sep 2014 0 Recommendations 5 Replies
More enquiry about Gen Rif Interpretation.

Dear Ariful, For this kind of case, If it's still MTB positive, line probe assay would be done if you want to do follow up urgently while waiting for culture and sensitivity result. We could consider other opportunistic infections as well as Non…

By Ariful Basher on 03 Sep 2014 0 Recommendations 7 Replies
Regarding Gene Xpert Result Interpretation

Hi Lora, In case of no parenchymal lesions, if patient is symptomatic and Gene Xpert positive....you can get HRCT chest done to see if any parenchymal opacities are there with universal precautions ie N95 mask. Also your patient is smear positive on one…

By Lora White on 03 Sep 2014 0 Recommendations 9 Replies
Webinar Announcement: Raising Voices: Advocacy Issues in Pediatric DR-TB

Dear GHDOnline, sending a reminder about this webinar: Raising Voices: Advocacy Issues in Pediatric DR-TB Friday, September 19, 2014 9:00:00 AM EDT - 10:00:00 AM EDT This webinar will review: 1) the current state of interventions to improve DR-TB treatment…

By Sue Kulkarni on 02 Sep 2014 0 Recommendations 4 Replies
WHO 2014 guidelines on pediatric TB

Thanks for the information, its useful

By Ramatoulaye Sall on 20 Aug 2014 0 Recommendations 25 Replies
New Medicines and Novel Approaches for MDR-TB

Thank you so much Amoud for your very kind and helpful response which actually cleared number of questions but opened up for more queries. However, I would wait to see more details when the study is published later on. With this I cc. Dr. Caminero for…

By Masoud Dara, MD on 18 Mar 2014 6 Recommendations 92 Replies
The Updated WHO Policy on Xpert MTB/RIF assay: What is New and How it May Support Implementation

Dear all I wander the one who answer the question of the training of GeneXpert. Belayneh

By Fuad Mirzayev on 16 Jan 2014 2 Recommendations 202 Replies
Creating Opportunities for Health Scientists in Disease Endemic Countries

Hi Chris, I was not aware of AfricaOER - looks like a great resource. Some time ago (perhaps 4-6 months), there was a discussion on the Global Public Health group on Linked In about open resources in public health - and a lot were listed. However, it seems…

By Sungano Mharakurwa on 09 Aug 2013 0 Recommendations 75 Replies
Lessons Learned in India: E-Compliance for TB Treatment by Operation ASHA

Hi Ruth, many thanks for this idea and if you'd like to work with us to plan a virtual Expert Panel on this topic happy to work with you on this! Please email me at or http://www.ghdonline.org/contact/ To all, we're…

By Sophie Beauvais on 05 Jul 2013 5 Recommendations 75 Replies
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