Monthly Archives: February 2013

U.S. Global Health Diplomacy raises question: What is country ownership?

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A little more than four years ago when the then new Global AIDS Ambassador Eric Goosby came to a town hall style talk at the Kaiser Family Foundation to discuss the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, the idea of  “country ownership” of AIDS-fighting efforts came up once, in a question put to him about […]

Studies show “Real World,” benefits of HIV treatment: It reduces likelihood of HIV transmission in communities, ups overall life expectancy

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First the landmark HPTN 052 study proved what antiretroviral treatment can do to prevent transmission of HIV. Now, two studies reported in the most recent edition of the journal Science spell out what increased treatment coverage has done, in communities in the “real world” — among people going about their business, not receiving instructions of […]

More than a decade of countering disease and disaster in Haiti penitentiary yields results as donors turn attention to prisons

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The following is the first of a two-part feature on health and justice in a Haitian prison. Today Science Speaks looks at how a decade of work by an organization called Health through Walls has led to recognition of and responses to conditions there, with tools to diagnose tuberculosis among prisoners. When Dr. John May […]

Entrepreneur uses cell phones to fight counterfeit drugs while linking patients with answers

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“In healthcare we have to work with what’s already happening” Nathan Sigworth was a freshman in college when he spent a month visiting a small hospital in India, and made a simple discovery: economics there dictated a very different delivery of health care than he was used to seeing. In time, he discovered that while […]

Physicians call for research on ART initiation, Urging lawmakers to fund AIDS-free generation, and more

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When to Start in Africa – An Urgent Research Priority: In this opinion piece in the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Kevin de Cock, Director of the CDC’s Center for Global Health, and Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, member of IDSA’s Center for Global Health Scientific Advisory Committee, make a strong case for more research to […]

“PEPFAR has been Globally Transformative”: Institute of Medicine Releases PEPFAR Evaluation Report

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Calling for a strategic and coordinated allocation of resources, a shift from  “activities” to targeted outcomes, enhanced support for long-term systems strengthening, the development of comprehensive partnerships and refined program monitoring; members of the IOM evaluation panel highlighted the findings of the nearly 700-page report which was released today at a Washington, DC public briefing.  […]

New ranking member of Senate Appropriations HHS subcommittee gets mixed reviews

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“Given the vast amount of progress made over the last century and the great potential current research holds, now is not the time to waiver on America’s commitment to advancing disease cures and treatments.” These are welcome words from the senator who now holds a leadership position on the subcommittee that oversees funding for the […]

A promise, a petition, a push, the state of the global HIV response, and more

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“The promise of an AIDS-free generation“: If you listened to the State of the Union Address this week hoping for mention of the epic response to the global HIV epidemic launched at a State of the Union Address a decade ago, you got it, when the President spoke of “realizing the promise of an AIDS-free […]

Two new Democrats and two new Republicans join Senate Appropriations’ State, Foreign Operations Subcommittee

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The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, with oversight that includes funding for the State Department and USAID, has four new members  announced this week with diverse approaches and backgrounds in global health issues. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) became the only woman in history to have been elected as a state governor and […]

IOM report looks at global scope of fake and substandard drugs, while study zeroes in on TB impact

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The report released this morning by the Institute Of Medicine portrays a global and growing danger that is both deadly and resource draining, brings the highest risks in the poorest countries, and threatens affluent countries as well. Still, coordinated efforts to tackle the proliferation of fake and substandard medicines lag far behind other efforts to […]