Monthly Archives: October 2013

A bargain too! Analysis shows early HIV treatment provides good economic value, along with health and transmission prevention

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The landmark HPTN 052 study, which proved in 2011 that treating HIV also prevents transmission of the virus, continues to be the gift that keeps on giving, with data from the multi-site trial now showing that early treatment is cost-effective as well, results of a just-released analysis reported in the New England Journal of Medicine […]

Sachs: As Global Fund replenishment comes to Washington, “The money is not in the bag”

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Dr. Jeffrey Sachs is shocked by how difficult it is to raise just $5 billion per year for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria. And he shared why, today, at a meeting hosted by the Friends of the Global Fight. It is a tiny amount in the grand scheme of things, said […]

Rights activist’s trial raises issues behind Zambia’s HIV fight

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The trial of Zambian HIV and human rights activist Paul Kasonkomona on charges stemming from his appearance on television talk show resumed Tuesday as scheduled, but was stalled by a slight glitch, according to a news report, “after attempts to play a recording of the television programme in court as part of the evidence failed.” […]

Decline in funding for TB research cuts money for new drugs, diagnostic tools, prevention, and ways to use them as drug resistance increases

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On the heels of a World Health Organization report that called drug-resistant tuberculosis a public health crisis, this year’s TB research funding report from Treatment Action Group and the Stop TB Partnership shows the first drop in money spent to develop new answers to the disease since the groups began tracking spending eight years ago. […]

How does PEPFAR do it? 2013 AID Transparency Index says it’s hard to tell

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It is the biggest global health initiative in the world, and arguably the most successful. That’s all the more reason that it’s too bad that how the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief accomplishes the successes it has achieved — in HIV infections prevented, lives saved and restored to health, and even how greater efficiencies […]

“Baby steps,” preparing for the advent of a vaccine, Kenya looks at “MARPS” approach: We’re reading about the future, and more . . .

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Baby Steps on the Road to HIV Eradication – The publication of the case of the Mississippi baby who has appeared to be ridded of HIV by early aggressive antiretroviral treatment provided the opportunity not just for a cute headline, but for researchers to follow the suggestions raised by the report, to seek ways to […]

CDC issues provisional guidelines on bedaquiline for multidrug-resistant TB

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  issued provisional guidelines for the use and safety monitoring of Bedaquiline, also known as Sirturo, for the treatment of multidrug resistant tuberculosis in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, released today. The World Health Organization issued its guidance on use of the drug, the first new approach to […]

Supporting Global Health Technologies Act, speakers warn: time is running out on tools for infectious diseases

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When Rep. Albio Sires toured rural South American villages a while back the lasting memory he carried with him was not what he saw but what he didn’t see: safe, appropriate tools to diagnose and treat diseases. That, he told a packed room on Capitol Hill Tuesday, is why he joined with Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart […]

As WHO TB report shows 3 million undiagnosed and cites drug-resistance “public health crisis,” physicians urge Obama to increase funding

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Three million people sick with tuberculosis go undiagnosed each year, while failures to address strains of disease that don’t respond to drugs constitute a public health crisis, according to the World Health Organization’s just released 2013 Global Tuberculosis Report. While the report cites progress in continued drops in TB incidence and deaths, it emphasizes that […]

How the Department of Defense battles infectious diseases, country ownership concerns, Zambia trial of HIV activist and more — we’re reading about breakthroughs and breakdowns in global health efforts

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The U.S. Department of Defense and Global Health: Infectious Disease Efforts – Building on its report last year that examined the role of the Defense Department in researching and responding to global health threats, the Kaiser Family Foundation today released a close up look at how the department contributes to and interacts with efforts to […]