Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

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 […]

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 […]

Secretary Clinton: Countries need to take the lead in their own health care

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke to students of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies on Monday regarding the Global Health Initiative. Her speech focused on “how the Obama Administration is building upon our country’s long standing commitment to global health,” she said, with an emphasis on integrating and improving existing health programs, but in a new way. One that pursues a sustainable delivery system in which countries develop their own capacity to support the health of their own people.

A Scientific Update:

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Here are some quick summaries of technological newsmakers from the past week: New microscope for TB detection – portable and a fraction of the cost: Developing countries that lack the expensive lab equipment needed to detect tuberculosis might soon have a portable, low cost alternative. A study in PLoS One magazine reports, “A new $240 microscope […]

What We're Reading

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This week from Science Speaks: The One Blog posted Friday on a woman in Zimbabwe who, while caring for family members with AIDS, found that soy milk can provide much needed nutrients to AIDS patients in a form they can easily digest.  Though her family has since passed away, she now supplies soy milk to […]

New PEPFAR Guidance on HIV Prevention Intervention for Injection Drug Users

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The regional HIV/AIDS epidemics in Russia, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia are concentrated in part among injection drug users (IDU) and their partners. This population is highly stigmatized, making it difficult to successfully launch appropriate prevention campaigns. In an effort to recognize that the use of syringe exchange programs and medication-assisted therapy can help reduce […]

A Profile: The Medicines Patent Pool Initiative

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During IAS 2010 in Vienna, UNITAID’s Ellen ‘t Hoen gave a plenary presentation on the organization’s new Medicines Patent Pool Initiative, a project that began to take shape in 2008. Hoen leads the program, which aims to lower the cost of HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis drugs by working with pharmaceutical companies to allow generic production […]

100 Legislators Call on Obama to Increase Global Fund Contribution

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U.S. politicians continue to speak out boldly in favor of increased global AIDS and health funding. Last week, 100 House members joined Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) in sending a letter to President Obama encouraging him to make a three-year commitment of at least $6 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. This […]