VOLUME 1, ISSUE 2, APRIL 2021

THE MONTHLY DOSE

WHAT’S NEW AT THE MUELLER HEALTH FOUNDATION:


We are excited to announce that we have been working hard to create the first of its kind blockchain-powered portal for networking and sharing data and research related to Tuberculosis, called TBConnect!

Stay tuned for more updates as we begin to roll out a new pilot project using
TBConnect
over the next few weeks!

LATEST NEWS:
DISPELLING COMMON MYTHS AROUND TUBERCULOSIS

 

This month, in line with our vision of creating awareness around tuberculosis, we at The Mueller Health Foundation are excited to publish a new infographic aimed at dispelling common myths related to tuberculosis. We will cover different myths related to the diseases itself, its diagnosis, its transmission, and its treatment.Stay tuned for the release of our new infographic at the end of April and help us raise awareness by sharing our infographic on social media!

For more interesting news, please also take a look at our top 3 picks for April in this newsletter, where we highlight novel research findings and news around the prevention and treatment of tuberculosis around the world.

MHF TOP PICKS FOR APRIL

Every month, we at the Mueller Health Foundation like to show case interesting news and updates in the field of tuberculosis. Below are our top 3 picks for April:

1.COVID-19 Highlights Urgent Need to Reboot Global Effort to EndTuberculosis

An estimated 1.4 million fewer people received care for tuberculosis(TB) in 2020 than in 2019, according to preliminary data compiled by the World Health Organization (WHO) from over 80 countries- a-reduction of 21% from 2019. The countries with the biggest relative gaps were Indonesia (42%), South Africa (41%), Philippines (37%)and India (25%). You can read the full article at:
https://www.who.int/news/item/22-03-2021-covid-19-highlights-urgent-need-to-reboot-global-effort-to-end-tuberculosis

DID YOU KNOW?


This month, we would like to highlight some interesting statistics related toTuberculosis in NewYork City (NYC):

    • There was an increase of 2% ofTB cases in NYC from 2018 to2019.
    • 60% of TB cases inNYC occurred among males in2019.
    • 62% of TB cases occurred among people who were45 years of age and older in 2019.
    • 100% of all neighborhoods inNYC had at least 1TB case in 2019.
    • TB patients represented 70countries of birth in NYC in 2019.

    Source: New York City Health Department Annual Tuberculosis Summary, 2019 

2. World TB Day Highlights Challenges—and Hope

To increase detection, diagnosis, and treatment of TB among vulnerable populations, on World TB Day the WHO announced new guidelines to scale up systematic screening to rapidly identify TB patients. The guidance aims to help countries identify populations at highest risk of infection, such as those who live with TB patients or who have HIV, and the locations most affected. The WHO is recommending use of rapid molecular tests, chest radiography, and other tools to aid in systematic screening efforts. Read the full article here: https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2021/03/world-tb-day-highlights-challenges-and-hope

3. South Africa Launches TB Mobile Clinics Amid COVID-19Disruption

The rapid testing model, launched in South Africa, will see 10mobile clinics rolled out across southern Africa in poor communities to diagnose TB patients, in a bid to prevent the disruption surrounding COVID-19 causing a surge in deaths from the world’s deadliest infectious disease. To learn more, read the full article here: https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202103/1219641.shtml

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