Monthly Archives: August 2010

Zambia moving fast to scale up male circumcision

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Male circumcision (MC) was a recurring theme throughout our congressional study tour, since the intervention has been shown to provide up to 60 percent protection for men from HIV infection from a female partner. There is also evidence that it reduces the chance of the female partner contracting some genital infections that could lead to cancer of […]

Growth and challenges: South Africa’s fight against HIV/AIDS

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When Mark Heywood helped found the AIDS Law Project in South Africa in 1993, there were slightly fewer than one million South Africans infected with HIV/AIDS.  There was no national antiretroviral treatment (ART) program, and drugs were extremely expensive, making it almost impossible for people living with HIV/AIDS to get treatment.  The AIDS Law Project […]

Massive gap in funding forecast for AIDS treatment in Zambia

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Note: this posting has been revised from the previous version. An analysis developed with the aid of the USAID-funded Deliver Project shows that Zambia is facing a massive gap in the financing required to reach country targets for expanded access to antiretroviral therapy (ART). The gap goes from $8.2 million for 2011 to a whopping […]

Scientific Updates

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Here are some quick summaries of technological newsmakers from the past week: Two cancer drugs stop HIV in its tracks: Using a mixture of two anti-cancer drugs already on the market, researchers at the University of Minnesota say they have found a promising new treatment for HIV. During lab experiments with mice,” the drugs gemcitabine and […]

What We’re Reading

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The One Blog this week posted a video (accompanies this post) from David Rochkind, an award-winning photographer working on a project to illustrate the impact of tuberculosis on the world. In the video, Mariana Bernofsky tells of her experiences as a pregnant woman with TB in Balti, Moldova. More of Rochkind’s work is available on his blog…

Program supports healthier choices by sex workers to reduce HIV

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Director of  The Center for Global Health Policy Christine Lubinski recalls her recent trip to South Africa and Zambia, where she and other Center staff hosted five congressional staff members on tours of U.S. government funded programs to address HIV and TB. While visiting Livingstone, Zambia, several of us had the opportunity to visit Family Health International’s (FHI) Corridors […]

Key Stakeholders Discuss New Drugs for TB

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The following is a guest posting from Joanna Breitstein of the TB Alliance, reporting from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. While there were few new TB treatment prospects a few years ago, today there are 10 drugs in the global development pipeline. Noting the sea of change, Wednesday’s Open Forum conference focus shifted from developing drugs to speeding […]

Day two in Africa: Visiting an “academic institute and an agent for social change”

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Director of  The Center for Global Health Policy Christine Lubinski is blogging today from Johannesburg, South Africa. This is her second entry from her visit to South Africa and Zambia, where she and other Center staff are hosting five congressional staff members on tours of U.S. government funded programs to address HIV and TB.  Dr. Helen Rees describes the University […]

A meeting with clinicians and activists in South Africa

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Director of  The Center for Global Health Policy Christine Lubinski is blogging today from South Africa. She and other Center staff are touring South Africa and Zambia this week and hosting five congressional staff on visits to U.S. government funded programs to address HIV and TB.  Glenda Gray, a pediatrician who began her work in what may be the largest hospital […]

Advocates thank Ambassador Goosby for prevention guidance for injection drug users

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HIV/AIDS advocates from more than 50 organizations, including the IDSA/HIVMA Center for Global Health Policy, sent a letter last week to Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, thanking him for releasing the revised the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) guidance on “Comprehensive HIV Prevention for People Who Inject Drugs.” Sent out on […]