Ann Danaiya Usher’s report in the August 6 Lancet (pp 471 to 472) on the state of pledges to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria has an incomplete understanding of the current state of donor country attitudes towards the Global Fund.
“We didn’t give up when we didn’t have the answers, so we can’t give up now that we do.” Regan Hofmann, Editor-in-Chief, POZ magazine.
This year, RESULTS Canada began supporting the work of Dr. Santiago Ramón-García, a tuberculosis researcher at the University of British Columbia’s Department of Microbiology by helping to endorse his application for research funding from Grand Challenges Canada (http://www.grandchallenges.ca/). Dr. Ramón-García’s project seeks to identify new drug combinations of existing medications that combat tuberculosis with greater efficacy than current therapies.
Diagnosing a child with TB is difficult - so difficult, in fact, that the vast majority of childhood TB cases go unreported. Most young children aren’t able to cough up the sputum (phlegm) needed to diagnose the disease, and the most widely used TB test only detects 10 to15 percent of childhood cases. But this may not be the case for much longer.
Elizabeth Do, RESULTS Educational Fund Global Health Intern, recently attended a talk on “Maternal Health Challenges in Kenya: What Research Evidence Shows” at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. She left with more questions than answers. Questions that should embolden us to propose important changes in the intergration of health services not only in Kenya, but in the many areas where TB is prevalent.
Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is daunting. Full stop. Enduring the toxic treatments and social isolation necessitated over the two years of treatment is something most of us cannot even imagine. Increased global attention to MDR-TB and intimidating statistics referring to the 440,000 cases of MDR-TB each year still obfuscate the heart of the issue: that going through MDR-TB treatment is something few of us understand.
I am currently attending The Global Fund to Fight AIDS TB and Malaria’s fourth Partnership Forum* in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Like everyone else in the room, I work on these issues every day and yet I was still moved during the opening plenary by a speech made by Jacqueline, a young Brazilian woman who contracted HIV/AIDS from her mother.