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Scientists have long debated the dynamics of how tuberculosis spreads in people, including whether MDR-TB is as likely to spread as drug-sensitive TB. Epidemiologists behind the Peru study, which followed 18,500 people for several years, hope that answering this question will better equip public health professionals to stop tuberculosis in all its forms.
Ebola is the tip of a global health crisis: a crisis in our collective ability to deliver the essentials of modern medicine to those who need help the most. Few diseases illustrate the ongoing nature of this crisis better than tuberculosis, a highly transmissible airborne infection that kills more than 1.5 million people every year.
Zamanta Huarcaya Tamani was not a typical toddler. Unlike other children her age born without a developmental disability, she didn't babble or wander haphazardly around the house. Thanks to a new program launched by Socios en Salud, Partners In Health's sister organization based in Lima, Peru, a community health worker has been visiting Zamanta's home to train her parents in age-appropriate activities for their daughter. After 12 such training sessions, Zamanta's parents have helped her learn to walk and talk. This is her story.
Dr. Paul Farmer writes on the inequities of healthcare funding in "Who Lives and Who Dies," published February 5, 2015, in the London Review of Books.
From South America to West Africa to Siberia, Partners In Health and its sister organizations are marking another year spent providing a preferential health care option for the poor. Here's a glimpse into our efforts during 2014, represented by quotes from patients and staff members across our sites.
“You have tuberculosis” were the words that changed my life forever.
Dr. Leonid Lecca, executive director of Socios En Salud, PIH’s sister organization in Peru, talks about his work as the organization celebrates its 18th anniversary this week.