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Category: tuberculosis (TB)

World TB Day 2016

TB meeting in country

This blog was originally posted on Huffington Post on March 24, 2016. Today on World TB Day – more than a century after the scientific discovery of the bacteria that causes tuberculosis (TB), TB continues to be one of the world’s most deadly infectious diseases and among the leading causes of death worldwide. That TB Read More >

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We can stop drug-resistant TB – if we act now

With a half million new cases each year, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is spreading around the globe. The world must act decisively. There can be no delay. That is why on Dec 22 President Obama announced the National Action Plan for Combating Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis. It is a strong, unambiguous call for doctors, nurses, scientists, and health Read More >

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A Consequence of Conflict: The Spread of Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Somali pastoralists on their way to Dadaab refugee camp in search of food and care.  (Credit: CDC-Kenya, Ahmed Unhur, KEMRI)

For more than 20 years, Kenya has been providing asylum to people fleeing civil war and conflict from Somalia. Many first reach Dadaab refugee camp, located in Garissa County, Kenya, about 50 miles from the Somali border where the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and partners provide humanitarian relief and protection assistance. In Read More >

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An Ounce of Prevention: Why we must strengthen basic TB control to defeat drug-resistant TB

Dr. Sujata Baveja and TB nurses provide patient information at the TB clinic of LTM Hospital in Mumbai, India. (Photo Credit: Susan Maloney, CDC)

To many, the idea of living in a world where there is no effective treatment for tuberculosis (TB) seems unthinkable. After all, we live in a modern era, with hospitals and drugs at our fingertips. TB is considered by some to be a disease of the past. But every year, more than 9 million people Read More >

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CDC Protects Families: My favorite stories

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As we celebrate families on Mother’s Day, May 11, and the International Day of Families, May 15, I am especially proud to work in CDC’s Center for Global Health.  As one of the Center’s  health communication specialists, I have the privilege to write or edit many stories about how CDC’s programs impact the lives of Read More >

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Addressing Childhood Tuberculosis: Shedding Light on a Hidden Epidemic

Baby Hope and her mom, now happy and healthy outside their home in Kenya. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Cain, CDC)

  Today is World TB Day, and while we have made great progress to control and cure TB, we must recognize that there is still more that needs to be done. TB remains an urgent public health problem in many parts of the world, often affecting the most vulnerable. In 2012, a total of 8.6 Read More >

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Haiti makes solid progress in reducing TB

Macarthur Charles, MD, PhD, CDC’s TB Advisor in Haiti

On World Tuberculosis Day, a personal account from the frontline, Haiti, which has the highest reported rates of TB in the western hemisphere. There is a certain poetic symmetry to my return to Haiti this year as tuberculosis (TB) advisor. It was exactly 10 years ago that I first set foot on Haitian soil as Read More >

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CDC Collaborations with the Ministry of Health in Dominican Republic Result in Measurable Public Health Gains

For a relatively small country where CDC established a full-time country office only five years ago, the Dominican Republic is suddenly drawing attention. It’s easy to see why. The Dominican Republic is a popular vacation destination with 1.4 million Americans visiting each year. The country has a unique relationship with its neighbor, Haiti, the poorest Read More >

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The Value of CDC’s Work in Thailand

    When I became country director in 2013 the relationships between Thailand’s public health officials and CDC were already strong and well established. That wasn’t surprising. CDC’s collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health, after all, began 30 years ago and the partnership has been prospering  – and expanding – ever since. And there is Read More >

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Kenya’s progress towards sustainable health

  Recent events in Nairobi have understandably focused the world on security challenges in Kenya. In that context it is important to recognize inspiring public health advances that represent innovative collaboration between CDC and our Kenyan partners to increase health security for Kenya and the global community. I made a two-day trip to visit our Read More >

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