Half a million TB patients to get free drugs under new UN health agency accord

With tuberculosis killing one person every 15 seconds, half a million of the world's poorest TB patients are set to benefit from free life-saving drugs under an agreement signed today by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and the pharmaceutical company, Novartis.

WHO says health care staff shortages may impede efforts to cut TB by 2005

A worldwide shortage of health care workers and high crime in some areas of greatest medical need are obstructing efforts to control tuberculosis (TB) by 2005, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report released today.

UN health agency calls for free anti-TB drugs for HIV/AIDS victims

Noting that tuberculosis is the biggest killer of people with AIDS, the United Nations health agency today called for free anti-TB drugs (ATDs) and quality care to be made widely available to people living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, along with renewed efforts to increase access to anti-retrovirals (ARVs) in developing countries.

Two UN agencies launch effort to combat tuberculosis in the workplace

With tuberculosis killing 5,000 people every day, the United Nations health and labour agencies joined forces today to launch a new effort to protect the health of millions of workers, releasing a set of guidelines for TB control in the workplace.