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    Progress in diagnosing multidrug-resistant tuberculosis
    Innovative project expands access to new tests
    World Tuberculosis Day, 24 March 2014
    News release

    20 March 2014 | Geneva - Almost half a million people fell ill with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in 2012, yet less than one in 4 of these people was diagnosed, mainly due to a lack of access to quality diagnostic services.

    But with an innovative international project, 27 countries are making promising progress in diagnosing MDR-TB, says WHO in the lead-up to World TB Day, 24 March.

    The project known as EXPAND-TB (Expanding Access to New Diagnostics for TB), financed by UNITAID, helped to triple the number of MDR-TB cases diagnosed in participating countries...


    Faster diagnosis key to finding drug-resistant tuberculosis in the Republic of Moldova

    March 2014

    Cristina had been sick with pneumonia-like symptoms for three months. She kept putting off going to the doctor, hoping that she could cure her illness with herbal treatments at home.

    Even though her health insurance covers the cost of most health services, Cristina, who is in her seventies, was worried about the additional costs of going to hospital. ?You have to prepare for it by saving money for transportation, and food and clothes to take with you,? she says.

    Eventually when she was ?nearly dead?, she says, she went to the doctor who diagnosed her with tuberculosis (TB) and transferred her to hospital in Chisinau. She then spent 6 weeks in the TB ward before she was eventually diagnosed with multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB)...