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Mobile Persuasion: Can mobile phones and cutting-edge behavioral science improve lives?

Farmers and community members in Morrumbala, Mozambique. Photo by Bita Rodriguez

We might not fully agree, but it has a key insight. All of us- including people living in poverty- have complicated, demanding lives. So simple availability doesn’t mean that even life-changing services like vaccines and HIV tests stay at the top of our minds.

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To Win the Fight Against AIDS, We Must First Defeat TB

To mark World TB Day 2013 in Ethiopia the Minister of Health, joined by USAID and partners in the fight against TB, watch a role play created to raise public awareness about getting tested and fishing the prescribed course of treatment. Photo by Karen Ottoni/USAID Ethiopia

This week, tremendous and unprecedented progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS is being celebrated around the world by the HIV and AIDS community. The world has definitely made crushing AIDS a top priority and we’ve been able to accomplish what many would have said 15 years ago was impossible.

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Improved TB Diagnosis & Treatment: Research and Innovation Urgently Needed to Address Global Epidemic

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In 1882, Dr. Robert Koch discovered Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that causes TB. Read more >>

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Health and Economic Returns on Science and Innovation Investments for Global Health

Doctor prepares malaria treatment. Photo credit: IMAD

Much work is to be done. Global diseases like HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis take eight lives per minute. Read more >>

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Latin America’s Slums and TB

A woman and child receive TB treatment. Photo credit: USAID

The control of tuberculosis in Latin America requires social, economic, and environmental interventions to improve living conditions and increase access to health services. Read more >>

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Improving Tuberculosis Treatment for Children

David Greeley, Senior Vice President at TB Alliance. Photo credit: TB Alliance

USAID is teaming up with TB Alliance to change course, help our children, and brighten the future prospects for the youngest TB patients. Read more >>

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Video of the Week: Voices of TB

This moving three-minute video features the powerful voices of TB survivors from around the world.

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From the Field: Imams Encourage TB Treatment in Tajikistan

As a community health specialist with USAID’s Quality Health Care Project in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, I educate community members, medical workers, patients, and their families about tuberculosis (TB) diagnosis, treatment, and infection control.  My job involves being constantly available and responsive to the needs of patients and their families, and I tend to work unusual hours […]

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Achieving an HIV- and TB-Free Generation

Originally posted to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation blog.  Too many people around the world have forgotten about the dangers of tuberculosis – particularly for mothers and children. TB is a highly contagious bacterial infection that can be spread in saliva, most often through coughing, sneezing, or exhaling in close quarters. While TB has […]

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An Excellent ‘Xpert’ Diagnostic Test for Tuberculosis Infection

There is some really exciting news in the world of TB diagnostics.  If you haven’t heard already, there is a new molecular diagnostic test developed by Cepheid that has the potential to transform how TB is detected.  The GeneXpert MTB/RIF assay can detect TB and mutations associated with rifampicin resistance in less than two hours […]

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