Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis

With a third of the world's population infected, drug resistant strains evolving and a growing link to HIV, TB is clearly not a disease of the past.





General Information:

World Health Organization (WHO) Tuberculosis
This page provides links to descriptions of activities, reports, news and events, as well as contacts and cooperating partners in the various WHO programmes and offices working on this topic.

World Health Organization (WHO) Tuberculosis and HIV
It is estimated that one-third of the 40 million people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide are co-infected with TB. People with HIV are up to 50 times more likely to develop TB in a given year than HIV-negative people. This WHO page discusses the link between the two and the steps being taken to fight both.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Division of Tuberculosis Elimination
This page provides links to fact sheets as well as to descriptions of activities and reports.

MedlinePlus Tuberculosis
This website, part of MedlinePlus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), aims to provide comprehensive information. This includes news, background and related issues, as well as information directly from the NIH.

Global Health Reporting , Tuberculosis
GlobalHealthReporting.org provides background information on the tuberculosis pandemic as well as numerous links to other organizations battling the disease.




Maps:

Stop TB Partnership, Tuberculosis by Country

World Lung Foundation, Tuberculosis: An Uneven Burden




Articles:

Global Tuberculosis Control: Surveillance, Planning, Financing
This World Health Organization report discusses the state of the tuberculosis epidemic;over 80% of cases are in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. The "Stop TB Strategy", its targets and financing, are outlined.

The Return of Tuberculosis
Tuberculosis has re-emerged as a global threat, and if no action is taken will exact an even heavier toll than it already is.

Some Drug Resistant Forms of TB More Likely to Spread
Drug resistant forms of tuberculosis are becoming more and more prevalent and hampering the global fight against TB's spread.

Drug Resistant Tuberculosis is Knocking on YOUR Door
Unless steps are taken to improve the health of the poor, multi-drug resistant tuberculosis may be this generation's equivalent of polio, hitting both rich and poor worldwide.




To read another Global Envision background article on pandemics, see Malaria.



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