TUBERCULOSIS

TUBERCULOSIS
The Issue
Tuberculosis (TB) is the leading cause of from infectious disease globally. Nearly all deaths from the disease occur in low- and middle-income countries where poor treatment management and inappropriate use of medication, compounded by long and burdensome drug regimens, have promoted the development of the far deadlier and costlier to treat multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB). Children and people living with HIV are particularly vulnerable. In 2017, almost a quarter of all children who became ill with TB died. Efforts to reduce the epidemic have been hampered by drug resistance, barriers to accessing new and better drugs and diagnostics, and insufficient data resulting in poor decision-making and resource allocation within countries.
CHAI's Approach
CHAI is working with our partners to eliminate TB, helping governments to better identify, diagnose, treat, and prevent the disease to save lives and decrease transmission. We work with suppliers to lower prices and improve access to drug regimens that offer higher cure rates, shorter treatment durations, and fewer side effects. We help countries find those who may be infected and get them treated early through the introduction and scale-up of new TB diagnostics. We are also working with countries to roll out shorter preventative treatments to vulnerable, high-risk populations. And, we are helping governments to better understand and track the disease through innovative technology which enables them to make real-time, data-driven decisions.
Results
+10,000
multi-drug resistant TB patients in South Africa moving to less burdensome treatment regimens
US$350
global access price for Bedaquiline, an effective new MDR-TB drug, reduced from over US$700 per 6-month patient course
Our Work
Cover of the 2018 Annual Report

November 13, 2019

CHAI releases 2018 Annual Report

The theme for the 2018 Annual Report is ‘Our Approach in Action’. There are examples in each program section of a time that CHAI’s approach was successfully applied to support our partners toward our mission.

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October 19, 2018

Clinton Health Access Initiative Releases 2017 Annual Report

The 2017 Annual Report looks back at what we have accomplished over the year, as well as toward the goals that we have set for each of our programs over the next five to 10 years.

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June 19, 2018

What stops people from seeking tuberculosis care? Innovative partnership seeks to answer that question

Tuberculosis (TB) claims more lives each year than any other infectious disease – a global total of 1.4 million deaths. India accounts for one-third of these, along with 2.7 million new cases each year. The disease afflicts both rural and urban areas, but crowded mega-cities are major sources of new infection.

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A technician conducts a GeneExpert test.

March 23, 2018

India to ‘go where the patients go’ in push to eliminate tuberculosis

This World TB Day, CHAI recognizes that fighting tuberculosis in India is key to eliminating the disease worldwide. Tuberculosis is one of the biggest killers in India, with two people dying every three minutes due to TB. It is estimated that 40 percent of the Indian population has tuberculosis. In fact, in 2016, India accounted for 27 percent of new TB cases and one-third of TB deaths in HIV negative patients, globally.

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Cover of the 2018 Annual Report

November 13, 2019

CHAI releases 2018 Annual Report

The theme for the 2018 Annual Report is ‘Our Approach in Action’. There are examples in each program section of a time that CHAI’s approach was successfully applied to support our partners toward our mission.

Read More

October 19, 2018

Clinton Health Access Initiative Releases 2017 Annual Report

The 2017 Annual Report looks back at what we have accomplished over the year, as well as toward the goals that we have set for each of our programs over the next five to 10 years.

Read More

June 19, 2018

What stops people from seeking tuberculosis care? Innovative partnership seeks to answer that question

Tuberculosis (TB) claims more lives each year than any other infectious disease – a global total of 1.4 million deaths. India accounts for one-third of these, along with 2.7 million new cases each year. The disease afflicts both rural and urban areas, but crowded mega-cities are major sources of new infection.

Read More
A technician conducts a GeneExpert test.

March 23, 2018

India to ‘go where the patients go’ in push to eliminate tuberculosis

This World TB Day, CHAI recognizes that fighting tuberculosis in India is key to eliminating the disease worldwide. Tuberculosis is one of the biggest killers in India, with two people dying every three minutes due to TB. It is estimated that 40 percent of the Indian population has tuberculosis. In fact, in 2016, India accounted for 27 percent of new TB cases and one-third of TB deaths in HIV negative patients, globally.

Read More

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CHAI is looking for dynamic and self-motivated individuals who are committed to strengthening health systems around the world and expanding access to care and treatment of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other illnesses.

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