The Union E-news | February 2014
Clare Pierard: Carrying forward a 91-year tradition of publishing the latest research
Tara Singh Bam Keeping the global TB community informed about the latest research on tuberculosis has been one of The Union’s most important functions for nearly a century.

 The 1920 founding members came from countries as distant as China and Chile, Sweden and Siam, and they were determined to share their knowledge and experience with each other to defeat TB.

They produced the first issue of the quarterly Bulletin of the International Union Against Tuberculosis in 1923, and The Union’s scientific publishing tradition has continued ever since. For the past 22 years, Clare Pierard has been at the centre of this vital work. Read more …

New framework integrates child TB into community health services A new publication co-published by the CORE Group and The Union provides a framework for integrating childhood TB care with community health services, one of the key goals of the Roadmap for Childhood TB published last year. Read more. . .
Study in IJTLD on treating TB and HIV/AIDS receives wide attentionPatients who have MDR-TB and HIV/AIDS are more likely to live if they receive antiretroviral treatment rapidly after the initiation of anti-TB treatment, according to a study published in the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and cited in the New York Times. Read more. . .

New & Upcoming

Operational research live seminar: 4 March at 14:30 (CET)
Streamed from the European Parliament in Brussels. For details and registration

Abstract submission is open for the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health (28 October-1 November 2014 in Barcelona, Spain). The deadline is 25 April. 18th Conference of The Union North America Region
27 February-1 March 2014 in Boston, MA (USA)
• 2nd Conference of The Union South-East Asia Region
9–12 March 2014 in Dhaka, Bangladesh



500 volunteers help keep Olympic Games smokefreeh
Volunteers trained by the Sochi City Administration, Sochi Volunteer Centre and The Union helped implement the ban on smoking at all sport venues and on public transport during the Olympic Games. Read more. . .
Solar power lights up TB-HIV clinics in Zimbabwe The introduction of solar power in 23 clinics offering TB-HIV integrated services with support from The Union Zimbabwe Office means that activities ranging from the refrigeration of vaccines to patient recordkeeping are no longer disrupted by power cuts. Read more. . .Phakama Clinic: a TB-HIV success story for ZimbabweOne of the 23 clinics supported by The Union’s TB CARE project, Phakama Clinic has had outstanding results in its first six months as an ART initiating and follow-up clinic. Read more. . .

PICTS project identifies more than 1,700 TB cases in Mandalay

More than 1,700 bacteriologically confirmed TB cases were identified in the seven townships of Mandalay through the PICTS project in 2013. TB messages, building awareness, reached 170,000 people. Read more. . .

UK government funds operational research programmes

The Union has received £1 million from UK’s Department of International Development (DFID) over three years (2011–2014) to support the expansion of its capacity-building operational research programme. Read more. . .

Save the date: 3rd President’s Centennial Dinner
The 3rd President’s Centennial Dinner, will be held on Tuesday, 28 October, in the spectacular Sala de la Cúpula Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Parc de Montjüic, in Barcelona, Spain. Reservations will be taken beginning in the early summer.

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