Daily Archives: October 28, 2010

Emanuel on TB: `The challenge is enormous’

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Ezekiel “Zeke” Emanuel, MD, PhD, Special Advisor for Health Policy at the Office of Management and Budget, is currently on a two-week trip in Africa looking at various health programs. On Thursday, he visited St. Peter’s Specialized TB Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and afterward talked with John Donnelly about his impressions of the hospital, which treats 145 patients with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), and how the trip influenced his thinking about future strategies in fighting TB.

This is the first of two parts of the interview with Emanuel. On Friday, Science Speaks will run Emanuel’s impressions of an HIV prevention program along heavily traveled road corridor that pass along Djibouti, Ethiopia, Sudan and Kenya.

What We’re Reading

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A new report from the Center for Reproductive Rights, “Dignity Denied: Violations of the Rights of HIV-Positive Women in Chilean Health Facilities,” tells the stories of 27 women who have suffered from cruel treatment in Chilean health facilities. Among other things, the report looks at forced sterilization and denial of care.

The New York Times profiled USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah last Saturday. The piece looks at his experience, his achievements thus far in the position, and the challenges that lie ahead.

The Daily Nation published an op-ed from Jorge Bermudez and Philipe Douste-Blazy of UNITAID, and Anthony Lake of UNICEF this week. They argue that focusing on the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV will lead to an “AIDS-Free Generation.”

Zimbabwe is in the midst of a critical shortage of laboratory technicians, according to The Zimbabwean.