Monthly Archives: September 2012

Global Fund TB allocation shows need for work, action, groups say

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When the Global Fund Board released its September meeting “decision points” document on funding allocation methods, it was, watchers noted, a part of a piece of a work in progress. But one decision will hold for the next year, and will impact efforts to roll out advances in tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment — the decision […]

The Zero Declaration, stigma remains while funding flows, and more

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The Zero Declaration: This was posted in July on the eve of the 19th International AIDS conference, and its call is still open  —  “to focus the world’s struggle against tuberculosis  on achieving zero TB deaths, zero new TB infections, and zero suffering from TB.” You can sign on as an individual or as an […]

Global views — candidates speak on trafficking, free enterprise, Clinton talks of shared responsibility

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When candidates Romney and Obama visited the Clinton Global Health Initiative this week, they gave another campaign season glimpse of their global priorities, and in these appearances global health got one mention per candidate. Candidate Romney called for a major shifts in foreign aid, promising to “leverage” private investment to play a pivotal role in […]

In lives, health, medical progress, and lost ground — reports tally cost of Budget Control Act

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When legislators went home last week, they left a Continuing Resolution to keep the country running and with it, they left standing the numbers the U.S. Office of Management and Budget cited to estimate the impact of the Budget Control Act’s January 2, 2013 automatic sweeping funding cuts on  government programs, including those responsible for […]

Study yields clues on HIV strains with “evolutionary advantage” that can guide vaccine development

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While the virus that leads to AIDS has long been recognized to be “sloppy” in its replication, changing over time into divergent strains,  a National Institutes of Health-funded study recently found the virus that a person transmits tends to continue to look like the virus that originally infected that person. The study, significant for the […]

Congress leaves Washington for campaign trail

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The Senate finished work on the spending bill or Continuing Resolution to keep the government funded for the next six months and left town with their House of Representative counterparts until after the November election. This was the earliest pre-election adjournment since 1960 and is a testament to the close Presidential election and the hard-fought […]

Collaboration seeks to speed new TB treatments

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About half a century has passed since a new tuberculosis drug was put to use, and in that time the challenges to successful treatment of the disease have only grown, with bacteria adapting faster to conditions that allowed it to flourish than science and funding for research. Morphing into forms that require from months to […]

India’s patent laws, public health response without public healthcare and bridging the Global Fund gap . . .

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India’s patent laws: This Lancet special report on legal challenges by Bayer and Novartis to applications of India’s Patents Act provides a link to the 2010 United Nations Development Program’s report on the nation’s efforts to supply affordable HIV treatment in the context of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). It […]

Global Fund board decides model, but it is still a work in progress

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When the board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria met last week, it settled, for at least the next year, how decisions to fund country responses to the three diseases will be guided. The decisions made, however are just one part of what disease response advocates are saying could make the […]

Comparing the candidates: Obama, Romney on science, spending, AIDS and Africa

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If nothing else, this presidential election season has brought the good news that both major party candidates have taken stances against preventable death and disease. Republican contender Mitt Romney released a statement on the global AIDS pandemic on the eve of AIDS 2012 in July, saying “We must overcome the challenge of AIDS.” President Obama addressed the […]