MDR-TB

On World Tuberculosis Day, four survivors reveal what it's like to have "airborne cancer."
"Nobody is safe from it," says South Africa's health minister.
His budget comes two months after his lauded plan to attack tuberculosis.
He highlighted malaria and HIV/AIDS instead, the other two diseases the Global Fund was established to fight.
The leading infectious killer in the world has been around for centuries. When will the world eliminate tuberculosis?
Over 1.5 million people now die from tuberculosis a year, pushing it past AIDS.
The White House has a plan to combat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, but it may never get funded.
We need to increase financial commitment by both the public and the private sectors and strengthen the provision of high-quality TB care by all providers to accelerate TB control today.
If the global leaders in Davos don't invest in innovative new tools like TB vaccines, a world without effective antibiotics may be what awaits us. I hope Bono's voice is rested.
Treatment for MDR-TB often takes two years - a challenge for any chest physician. The drugs have very toxic side effects
While many will mark World TB Day this coming Sunday the 24th, it's not really a day for celebration. It's hard to celebrate something that still kills close to 1.5 million people each year in the 21st century despite the fact that everyone could have been treated or cured.
Edward is lucky to have been diagnosed in time; the most common methods for testing drug resistance can take between six and 16 weeks. Luck shouldn't have anything to do with it: Many patients lose their lives before it is even known that they have drug-resistant TB.
This week donors are meeting to discuss the Global Fund's progress in fighting the three killer diseases: AIDS, TB and malaria. Looking at the future, one thing is clear: we need sufficient funds and we need to spend them right.