With A Little Help From My Friends, Improving TB Prevention and Control

In 1953, Richard Starkey contracted a disease that put him in a sanatorium for two years. During his second year there, he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Richard was lucky to have had access to health care services, to be in an environment where he not only received medical care, but other type of support. As [...]

Tuberculosis is Gaining on Us

“Forms of tuberculosis (TB) that cannot be treated with standard drugs are presenting at an alarming rate in the country [INDIA], with an estimated 8,900 people newly infected every year.” -  RADIO FREE ASIA 2013-08-22 “World TB Day, falling on March 24th each year, is designed to build public awareness that tuberculosis today remains an epidemic in [...]

Turning the Tide Against Tuberculosis in Mexico

Globally, one third of the world’s population is infected with the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB). Each year, over nine million people develop an active form of the respiratory disease, which is highly contagious and can be fatal. Even though the disease is curable and its spread is preventable, approximately 1.5 million people die from [...]

Why it is important to see the human face of Tuberculosis

I am sometimes asked how we were able to help Mexico’s Ministry of Health achieve the success that resulted from our partnership over the past eight years (from 2004-2012). I often say that one of the key elements of that change was being able to put a human face to the disease. When a clinician [...]