Stories: Tb

  • South Africa Aims to Detect Every TB Patient, While a Million Cases in India Slip Through the Cracks

    This year on March 24, on the occasion of World Tuberculosis Day, global attention was sharply drawn towards the disease when British Prime Minister David Cameron launched a report by an expert panel on anti-microbial resistance. The outlook was dire – over the next 35 years, 75 million people are likely to lose their lives to drug resistant TB, and by 2050, the infection...

  • When Free Universal Healthcare Isn’t Free or Universal

    As the term of  the current Millennium Development Goals reaches an end in 2015, healthcare workers and reporters worldwide are assessing the efficacy of different global health and development approaches over the last few years. The necessity of improving global health has been one of the highest priorities of development practitioners and activists, the touchstone being...

  • One Man’s Anger: When the Global Water Crisis Hits Home

    When I was in Zambia in July reporting on infectious diseases, something happened one day while visiting the N’Gombe compound in Lusaka that really made me think critically about the global water problem and how extensive and intricate it really is. While we sat inside the small, tidy home of a family that was affected...

  • African Union Summit Focuses on Disease

    The African Union executive council is meeting in the Nigerian capital to take stock of progress made in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The conference, which opened in Abuja on Friday, will also address challenges encountered in the campaign against the three diseases. "It is timely that we review the implementation of the various declarations and...

  • Childhood Vaccines in India

    In 2008, WHO estimated that 1.5 million of deaths among children under 5 years were due to diseases that could have been prevented by routine vaccination. This represents 17% of global total mortality in children under 5 years of age. Hygiene, proper nourishment and sanitary conditions make for a healthy community, with lowered incidence of infectious disease, but since much of this is lacking in...

  • India Battles Malnutrition With Local Product

    Inside a small shack in Mumbai’s largest slum, Dr. Evelet Sequeira struggles to coax a 3-year-old girl onto a baby scale. Sequeira is with a local aid organization called SNEHA that wants to know how many children in the slum have slipped from a stage of moderate malnutrition to what’s known as severe acute malnutrition. &ldquo...

  • Women’s Health and How Needs Are Being Met

    Julia Manning travelled to Kenya in June with the International Reporting Project from Johns Hopkins funded by the Gates Foundation. The aim was to look at aspects of women's health and how needs are being met. The abject poverty of the millions living in rural and city slums was shocking with few public health amenities of clean water or...

  • Saving Kenyan Lives

    Gordon Okal Owera is a 26-year-old teacher from a small village in Kenya. We visited him last week with the woman who saved his life. It is not an exaggeration; Pamela cajoled, bullied and persuaded him that life is worth fighting for. When Gordon started feeling unwell in autumn 2011, he thought he had just been working too hard. A school...