A clinical trial to assess a 9-month standardised treatment regimen for MDR-TB has begun in South Africa, Ethiopia and Vietnam. The trial conducted by The Union's TREAT-TB initiative will involve 400 patients in Africa and Asia.
The NCD Alliance convened global health and development experts to call for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) to be integrated into the post-2015 development agenda, following the opening day of the 66th World Health Assembly (WHA).
The Union has launched a pilot project in collaboration with Eli Lilly and Dimagi, aimed at strengthening the process of TB patient referral and tracking through mobile technology in the tribal district of Khunti in Jharkhand, India.
On 29 April the Bangladesh parliament passed the Smoking and Tobacco Products Usage (Control) Bill (Amendment) 2013, which bans smoking in all workplaces, including restaurants, and significantly amends an earlier law.