Monthly Archives: August 2009

Treatment Action Campaign & ARASA Urge Clinton to Work For More HIV/AIDS Funding

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The venerable South African AIDS group Treatment Action Campaign along with ARASA (AIDS & Rights Alliance for Southern Africa) are imploring Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to “do everything within your power” to protect women and children from the deadly epidemic. In a letter released today, the groups recall President Obama’s pledge, during his campaign, to […]

Lawsuit Prompts State Dept. To Change Discriminatory HIV Policy

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There was another small but significant victory in the battle against HIV-related discrimination this week, when the State Department agreed to overturn its policy barring HIV-positive people from working with agency contractors. The decision to nix that prohibition was part of a settlement in a lawsuit filed by a U.S. Army veteran who had been […]

South Africa's Health Problems Put Under the Lancet's Microscope

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When it comes to health-related news, South Africa is usually a source of grim tales and bleak statistics, from the declining life expectancy rates to the escalating threat of HIV/TB co-infection. A just-published series of articles in The Lancet documents, in relentless detail, the health challenges that South Africa currently faces. But the Lancet articles […]

PACHA Gets Strong Leader In Helene Gayle

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Will the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS become a more effective, invigorated outfit under the leadership of Dr. Helene Gayle? There’s reason to hope so—and to think that under Gayle’s stewardship, PACHA may focus on both the domestic and global challenges of the AIDS epidemic. A pediatrician by training and currently the CEO of CARE […]

An Easier Path to New TB Tools?

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The search for new TB drugs and diagnostics is a long and windy road, paved with regulatory bumps and expensive R & D hurdles. But the path could get a little smoother under an amendment recently added to the Senate’s fiscal year 2010 funding bill for the Food and Drug Administration and other related programs. […]

New vaccine would revolutionize the fight against tuberculosis…if funding is available

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How could the world dramatically lower the incidence of tuberculosis and save millions of lives?  An effective TB vaccine would revolutionize the response to TB, which kills about 5000 people each day, and eliminate the need for lengthy and often difficult drug treatment.    An effective vaccine would be of tremendous benefit all over the world, including […]

Ambassador Verveer Hosts Forum on Gender Integration and HIV

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The Global Center’s Christine Lubinski and David Bryden attended a State Department forum on HIV and gender Thursday. Here’s their report: “HIV has a woman’s face.”  That statement was part of Melanne Verveer’s opening remarks Thursday at a State Department forum. Verveer, the Obama  Administration’s ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, highlighted the now well-known facts […]

Global Center Weighs In On House Foreign Policy Overhaul

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The Center for Global Health Policy has put in its two cents (and more) on how the House Foreign Affairs Committee should move forward with plans to overhaul US foreign assistance. In a nutshell, our recommendations are: Make global health a priority in any revamp of foreign aid. Protect the power and independence of the […]

New TB Diagnostics Website Unveiled

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As scientists scramble to find new TB diagnostic tools to replace the antiquated and often unreliable sputum microscopy, there is now a one-stop shop to help keep track of developments in this fast-moving field. The Stop TB Partnership’s New Diagnostics Working Group launched the site, which you can find here, in collaboration with several other […]