New UN-backed rapid test could transform tuberculosis care and control

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today endorsed a new rapid test for tuberculosis, which it says could revolutionize the way the disease is tackled by providing an accurate diagnosis in about 100 minutes, compared to current tests that can take up to three months.

Global effort against TB bearing fruit, but success remains fragile – UN report

An estimated 41 million people have been cured of tuberculosis (TB) over the past 15 years through a treatment strategy recommended by the United Nations health agency, according to a new report, but success remains fragile and governments must strengthen their determination to combat the disease.

UN-backed initiative aiming to eliminate tuberculosis launched

A new initiative designed to combat tuberculosis, which claims the lives of nearly two million people across the world every year, could accelerate progress towards eliminating the disease if governments and donors commit enough funds to the plan, the United Nations health agency said today.

Momentum in fight against tuberculosis must be maintained, Ban says

Significant advances have been made in the fight against tuberculosis, with nearly 6 million people saved in the past 15 years, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling for the momentum to be maintained in the fight against the deadly disease.

As new UN Goodwill Ambassador, British pop star lends his voice to halt TB

The award-winning singer Craig David, named today as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador against tuberculosis, promises to lead the chorus in the fight against the curable disease which claims 1.8 million lives worldwide every year.

Donors assess Global Fund needs ahead of pledging session at UN

Donors to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria gathered in the Netherlands today for a two-day meeting to assess funding needs for the 2011-2013 period, ahead of a pledging conference at United Nations Headquarters in New York in October.

Asia heads record levels of drug-resistant tuberculosis, UN health agency says

Drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) is now at record levels with Asia bearing the brunt of the epidemic, says the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) in a report released today that also calls for better diagnosis of the disease.