Monthly Archives: January 2012

CDC economic models show HIV treatment scale-up is cost-effective, can save money over time

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New economic modeling shows that scaling up antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention in the developing world not only saves lives, but saves money too. Dr. John Blandford of  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Center for Global Health and his team of colleagues have found that cost savings from averted negative […]

Gates gives $750 million to the Global Fund, Patient with deadly TB strain in India tests positive for HIV, and more…

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The following is a compilation of recent articles and releases making headlines in HIV, TB and global health news. Gates Injects $750 Million in Troubled Global Fund: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced Thursday that has committed $750 million to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, what Bill Gates called, “one […]

MSF reports “horrific” HIV treatment access in Congo

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“The conditions surrounding access to care for people living with HIV/AIDS in [the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)] are horrific,” according to a press release issued Wednesday from the international humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) or Doctors without Borders. With more than 1 million people infected with HIV in the African nation, 350,000 could […]

(Updated) Michel Kazatchkine to step down as head of the Global Fund

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Updated 3:30 pm EASTERN Dr. Michel Kazatchkine – executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria –  announced Tuesday that he will be resigning from his post in mid-March. A statement from Kazatchkine posted today on The Global Fund website explains Kazatchine’s decision was motivated by the appointment of a managing […]

USAID engages higher education and research institutions to help solve development problems

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The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched a new initiative to recruit higher education and research institutions to improve the agency’s and the broader development community’s ability to solve large development problems. “We hope to bring together all components of the campus from engineering to anthropology, from global health to entrepreneurship, and from […]

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation celebrates success of Project HEART

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The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) celebrated the success of their eight-year project to scale up HIV prevention, care and treatment services in five countries at an all-day event Thursday. Helping put more than 500,000 people living with HIV on lifesaving antiretroviral therapy (ART), the “Help Expand Antiretroviral Therapy to children and families” (HEART) […]

Experts give a status report on development assistance for health

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In 2011, donors provided $27.73 billion for development assistance for health – a marginal increase over 2010. Nevertheless the current growth trajectory over the last three years is more akin to the growth of health assistance in the 1990s than the dramatic upswing in aid seen in the first decade of the 21st century.  Christopher […]

WHO posts FAQ on Totally Drug Resistant TB; Advances in diagnosing pulmonary TB in kids; and more…

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The following is a compilation of recent articles and releases making headlines in HIV, TB and global health news. WHO releases FAQ on “Totally Drug Resistant” TB: The World Health Organization (WHO) posted a frequently asked questions (FAQ) on tuberculosis that is “resistant to all drugs” on its website last week. This follows recent reports […]

Physician in India discusses “Totally” Drug Resistant TB – Perspective from Mumbai’s Hinduja Hospital

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Dr. Zarir F. Udwadia, a consultant chest physician at Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai. News reports of at least a dozen cases of “totally drug resistant” tuberculosis (TB) in India recently have raised various questions, including why India and why now?  In a letter to the editor in December’s issue of the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases […]