UN-backed initiative enlists celebrity help in fight against tuberculosis

A new initiative to combat tuberculosis (TB), an illness which claims the lives of over one million people each year, has recruited international celebrities in an effort to maintain awareness towards eradicating the disease, the United Nations health agency announced today.

Tuberculosis on the decline for first time ever – UN report

The United Nations health agency reported today that for the first time the number of people falling ill with tuberculosis (TB) each year is declining, but warned that current progress is at risk due to under-funding.

UN advises ending use of commercial blood tests for tuberculosis

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today recommended ending the use of commercially available blood test kits to detect active tuberculosis (TB), saying that reviews have shown they lead to high rates of misdiagnosis, mistreatment and can potentially harm public health.

New measures to prevent tuberculosis unveiled ahead of UN event on AIDS

Ahead of this week’s high-level United Nations meeting on AIDS, the Stop TB Partnership today unveiled five simple steps that could prevent tuberculosis, which is responsible for one in four AIDS-related deaths.

Without more funds for fight against TB, millions face death, Ban warns

Without additional funding in the battle against tuberculosis for research, improved prevention, early diagnosis and treatment, some 8 million people will die from what is largely a curable disease between now and 2015, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today.

UN and partners urge greater efforts to tackle drug-resistant tuberculosis

On the eve of World TB Day, the United Nations and its partners today called for greater efforts to meet the goal of diagnosing and treating one million people with multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) between 2011 and 2015.

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.