Blog: Tuberculosis

How volunteer healthworkers in Cambodia are helping to leave no-one behind

22 July 2016

In her second blog, TB nurse Sue Dart discusses how community healthworkers in Cambodia are helping to ensure no-one is left behind.

Back in Phnom Penn, a sprawling city, an energy emanates from the myriads of scooters, tuk tuks and street vendors lining the roads. There is obviously investment happening, illustrated by the precarious wooden bamboo scaffolding supporting shells of new apartment complexes and hotels springing up across the city. However, for the majority,...

Quiet wards highlight need for continued active case finding

21 July 2016

In this guest blog post, Sue Dart, the lead TB nurse for the London Borough of Newham, discusses the importance of active case finding and shares the stories of the patients she met during a visit to Kampong Cham hospital.

It's another hot day in Cambodia. Blue sky awaits as we leave the hotel to travel a short distance to the hospital in Kampong Cham about two and a half hours north east of Phnom Penh. Amongst the grounds sits the TB hospital which has inpatient...

Behind the beauty a TB epidemic is raging

20 July 2016

In this guest blog post, Dr Jess Potter reflects on the scale of Cambodia's hidden TB epidemic, the progress that has been made and stresses why continued support to the Global Fund is vital.

The Cambodia I have experienced so far is magical. With its unwaveringly hospitable people, lush flat lands dotted with palm trees, brightly coloured houses on stilts and the landscape punctuated with majestic temples glistening gold in the morning sunshine – you can’t help but be...

Video diary: reflections from Kampong Cham

20 July 2016

It is the end of day three and our last day in Kampong Cham district, a rural province 70km north east of Phnom Penh. In their latest video diary, Jess and Sue reflect on what they have seen and learnt over the past two days, how facilities, treatment and care differ from home and why continued support from The Global Fund is more important than ever.

Tomorrow we will be returning to Phnom Penh to shadow doctors and nurses on the drug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) ward at CENAT...

In pictures: bringing TB services in Cambodia closer to the community

19 July 2016

Bringing health services closer to the community has helped to drastically increase the number of people accessing healthcare in Cambodia, including treatment for tuberculosis. Today, we accompanied a mobile outreach clinic to Srosomthmy village and Proy village in Momot district to diagnose potential cases of TB and to meet with patients completing treatment at home. To find out more about what we saw and the services transforming patients lives in rural and hard-to-reach communities, check...

Champions for The Global Fund

18 July 2016

Last year, tuberculosis surpassed HIV as the world’s leading infectious killer. Whilst the impact of the epidemic is felt most acutely in developing countries, TB rates are on the rise in the west, including here in the UK and in London especially - the former TB capital of Western Europe. Two health professionals on the frontline of the fight against the disease in London are Jess and Sue, a doctor and nurse, each with over ten years experience providing treatment and care for TB patients...

Once in a generation opportunity to transform the fight against the world’s biggest infectious killer

19 May 2016

Today’s publication of Lord Jim O’Neill’s ground-breaking global Review on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) should act as the wake-up call the world desperately needs. The recommendations of the review quite rightly identify tuberculosis as the “cornerstone of the global AMR challenge”. We have to act and we have to act now.

Global Fund Replenishment off to a strong start with ambitious pledges

11 May 2016

This week our campaign to Take Out TB took a big step forward with some fantastic news from Canada: Justin Trudeau announced that Canada will pledge CAD785 million to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for its 2017-19 replenishment (a 20% increase on its last pledge three years ago) and that Canada will also host the Fund's Pledging Conference on 16 September 2016 in Montreal.

This increased contribution from a G7...

February Conference Call Now Available- Let’s push for a strong Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.

11 February 2016

A recording of this month's conference call is now available to download. On this month's call we were joined by Lucica Ditiu, Executive Director of the Stop TB Partnership. Lucica spoke about the growing burden of tuberculosis and the importance of a bold pledge from the UK Government to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria at the fund's replenishment conference this autumn. To find out more about what she had to say, have a listen to the recording below: [audio mp3="/sites/default...

January conference call recording is now available!

14 January 2016
In 2016, we will be campaigning on three important issues on which grassroots advocacy can have real impact, and which will potentially affect the lives of millions of people: TB; nutrition; and climate risk insurance. On this month's conference call, we introduced these new campaigns to campaigners to help you plan your activities for the year. We also set you the challenge of bringing new people in to join and strengthen our movement. With more of us reaching more decision-makers, we can have...

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