Monthly Archives: February 2010

Aren’t These Lives Worth Saving, Too?

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This is a guest blog jointly submitted by Jerald C. Sadoff, MD, the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation and Mel Spigelman, MD, the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development. In recent weeks, U.S.-based global health advocates have been scrutinizing and providing […]

Amie Batson Appointed to Key Global Health Post

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The Obama Administration’s Global Health Initiative has not been fully fleshed out yet, but the effort got a new leader today. Amie Batson will head up USAID’s efforts on the GHI and serve as deputy assistant administrator for global health, according to an announcement from USAID chief Rajiv J. Shah.    The notice said Batson […]

Global Center Weighs in on GHI Blueprint

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The Center for Global Health Policy has detailed its concerns with the Obama Administration’s proposed Global Health Initiative (GHI), raising particular questions about how U.S. efforts to combat global HIV and tuberculosis would fare under this new approach to global health. At issue is a “Consultation Document” the State Department released on Feb. 1, with […]

More Evidence That ART Is Treatment & Prevention

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This post is by Global Center Director Christine Lubinski, reporting this week from CROI in San Francisco. The notion of treatment as prevention got a significant boost this week at CROI, where the results of a new study were presented by Deborah Donnell, MD, of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle. Dr. Donnell […]

Putting the “C” into MTCT- Saving Kids

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This post is by Global Center Director Christine Lubinski, reporting this week from CROI in San Francisco. Attention turned to HIV among women and children at CROI today, when Elaine Abrams, MD, a senior a professor of pediatrics and epidemiology at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and the Mailman School of Public […]

Male Circumcision: Progress and Problems with Implementing this Prevention Tool

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This post is by Global Center Director Christine Lubinski, reporting this week from CROI in San Francisco. It’s been almost 3 years since the World Health Organization developed its recommendations and goals for male circumcision. As Kim Dickson, MD, an AIDS expert with the WHO, outlined in a presentation at CROI today, scale-up has not […]

Door-to-Door Home-based Testing Offers a Key to HIV Prevention

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This post is by Global Center Director Christine Lubinski, reporting this week from CROI in San Francisco. The evidence for scale-up of home-based testing is straightforward and compelling. In Africa, an estimated 17 million people with undiagnosed HIV infection are responsible for 90 percent of infections. Testing rates remain low in many sub-Saharan African countries, […]

At CROI, Goosby, Other HIV Experts Address PEPFAR’s Vital Role in Next Phase of AIDS Battle

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This post is by Global Center Director Christine Lubinski, reporting this week from CROI in San Francisco. The opening day of CROI included a session on the future of PEPFAR, featuring the US lead on global AIDS, Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD, as well as the health minister of Namibia and the UNAIDS deputy director.  Kevin […]

CROI Opening Session: Guiding the Global Response

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This post is by Global Center Director Christine Lubinski, who is attending the Conference on Opportunistic Infections and Retroviruses (CROI) this week in San Francisco. This is her first post; check back regularly for her blogs throughout the conference. The opening plenary of this leading HIV scientific conference—titled “Guiding the Global Response”—highlighted efforts to model the […]

CID Study Suggests Pregnant Women Need Wider Access to ART

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There’s fresh evidence out today that greater access to AIDS treatment for women will help keep their babies healthy. A new article in Clinical Infectious Diseases reports that a higher maternal viral load during the 30th week of pregnancy significantly increased the risk of HIV transmission to the baby—a finding that provides additional confirmation of […]