The 2009 WHO Global Tuberculosis Update was launched earlier this month, providing the latest information on the state of the epidemic around the world. The report shows that in the last 15 years, 36 million people have been cured of tuberculosis, and eight million cases have been prevented. This progress attests to the effectiveness of the Stop TB Strategy and DOTS in the fight against tuberculosis.
Today on Capitol Hill, the Global Health Council held a special panel to discuss the work being done in the global fight against tuberculosis. Production of a new vaccine is underway and three distinguished speakers, Dr. Videlis Nduba, Dr. Harriet Mayanja-Kizza, and Dr. Sizulu Moyo outlined the considerable impacts of the disease and what organizations in Africa are doing to produce a safe and effective vaccine.
The live webcast on the U.S. government’s strategy for combating the global TB epidemic will start in approximately 30 minutes. You can watch and participate here.
Here’s a note from the Kaiser Family Foundation, who’s hosting the broadcast:
We wanted to be sure to let you know about a live, interactive webcast hosted by the Kaiser Family Foundation tomorrow at 1 pm EST. The webcast will feature a panel of experts discussing U.S. strategy to combat the global tuberculosis (TB) epidemic.
According to Kaiser,
Just when you thought “Ratatouille” would be the highlight for these long-tailed rodents, the organization APOPO has trained African rats to diagnose pulmonary tuberculosis (TB). Using scent detection, these HeroRAT’s can reliably (50 percent higher reliability than traditional microscopy) process 40 sputum samples in seven minutes, a task that takes trained lab technicians an entire day.