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TB fight making progress, but more funds needed, WHO says

A medical worker is pictured at a mobile testing facility for tuberculosis in Carletonville, South Africa. Photo: AFP

The war on tuberculosis is getting new weapons for the first time in decades, offering hope for controlling the deadly disease but major funding shortfalls threaten progress, the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Beijing faces funding crisis for TB treatment

With a global health fund withdrawing, the mainland is scrambling to find the means to support its fight against tuberculosis, which the WHO estimates infects 1.3 million mainlanders every year.

24 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Drug cocktail raises hope for sufferers

In an ambitious effort to stem the deadly tide of TB and deadly multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) around the world, international non-profit organisation TB Alliance yesterday launched a clinical trial to test a novel drug combination in both patients with TB and MDR-TB.

The announcement comes ahead of World TB Day on Saturday.

20 Mar 2012 - 12:00am


Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by the Mycobacterium tuberculosis germ, which has existed since ancient times. Fragments of the spinal column from Egyptian mummies show evidence of TB more than 4,000 years ago.

20 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

Our front page report in yesterday's Sunday Morning Post, '300 sought after death of teacher with TB', wrongly stated that Sarah Cotillon has been diagnosed with TB. Ms Cotillon was diagnosed with a latent TB infection, which is not the same as having the TB disease, and is not contagious. Someone with latent TB has no symptoms and cannot pass on the disease to others.

30 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Return of an old enemy

This summer, two tourists from Taiwan set off alarm bells among global health authorities when they flew from Kaohsiung via Hong Kong to attend a relative's wedding in Nanjing.

The couple was infected with tuberculosis. The 55-year-old husband had multi-drug-resistant TB (MDR-TB), a less treatable strain of the disease.

20 Nov 2007 - 12:00am