Monthly Archives: September 2009

In AIDS Progress Report, Next Steps Are Key

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The end of today’s UNAIDS progress report, detailing the latest figures on access to ARVs, is in some ways more important than the beginning. “The Way Forward,” the report’s conclusion, lays out important next steps in the campaign for universal access, at a time when the global economic crisis and questions about sustainability have cast […]

TB, A Global Threat That Requires New Vision, Strong Leadership

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During a live interactive webcast today hosted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, an expert panel agreed that tuberculosis poses a grave global health threat and demands an innovative, multifaceted response—from new drugs to scaled-up treatment to better infection control. The lively forum, available here, highlighted the need for an aggressive approach to the global tuberculosis […]

DOTS Not Enough When it Comes to TB in South Africa

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Dr. Robin Wood, director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre in Cape Town, has many startling slides to illustrate the astronomical problem of tuberculosis in South Africa—from photos of desperately poor, overcrowded shantytowns in the Western Cape to graphs that document the escalating rates of HIV/TB co-infection in his native country. But there’s one image […]

Goosby Takes on Hot Topics at State Department Session

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As Obama’s new global AIDS coordinator, Dr. Eric Goosby has no shortage of burning issues on his plate—from reports of ARV stock-outs in the developing world to questions about the long-term sustainability of PEPFAR. At a 1 ½ hour community meeting at the State Department Friday, the unassuming California doctor tried to reassure the global […]

AIDS Vaccine Study Results Significant, But Not a Home Run

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For the first time in nearly three decades of research, HIV/AIDS scientists are reporting positive results from a vaccine trial. The study tested two vaccine candidates that proved ineffective when examined separately in earlier studies; in the new trial, involving more than 16,000 volunteers in Thailand, the two vaccines were combined in a “prime-boost” approach. […]

UNAIDS Country Director Speaks about South Africa and its HIV Epidemic

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This post is by Center Director Christine Lubinski. Dr. Catherine Sozi, the UNAIDS Country Director for South Africa, spoke to HIV advocates and PEPFAR implementers during a trip to Washington this week that included stops on Capitol Hill and at the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, where she conveyed a message about South Africa’s […]

Senators Prod White House on USAID Appointment

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No news is definitely not good news when it comes to this sore subject: the vacancy at the helm of USAID. Reports out today indicate that lawmakers in Congress are as anxious as the rest of us about the fact that this agency is rudderless, at a time when the Obama Administration is seeking to […]

Live Webcast on Global TB Featuring Renowned South African Physician/Scientist

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The Kaiser Family Foundation will hold a live, interactive webcast on Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 1 p.m. EDT on the threat of tuberculosis and the U.S. strategy for combating this ancient deadly disease. An expert panel is set to discuss this growing global health threat, including two of the U.S. government’s top infectious disease specialists […]

What Keeps Dr. Eric Goosby Up at Night?

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You’ll find the answer to that question, and other fresh insights into the Administration’s plans for PEPFAR, in this ScienceInsider interview with Dr. Goosby, President Obama’s global AIDS coordinator. Among the highlights, Dr. Goosby tells SI that efforts to nix the ban on needle-exchange programs are well underway within the Administration and the PEPFAR office. […]

Goosby Sworn In as Clinton and Goosby Affirm Commitment to PEPFAR

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presided over the swearing in of Eric Goosby, MD, as Ambassador at large and US Global AIDS Coordinator last night in an emotional ceremony that included numerous Goosby family members, including his wife, his two children and his mother. Sitting with Dr. Goosby’s family were Ambassador Mark Dybul, MD, and […]