Monthly Archives: April 2014

Global health and human rights face challenges of homophobic laws, abuse, neglect, violence

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Kaiser Family Foundation releases brief from discussions on The U.S. Government and Global LGBT Health How did it happen that 10 years into the United States’ unprecedented and ambitious response to the global AIDS pandemic some of the largest obstacles between HIV prevention, care and treatment and those most in need of those services stand […]

Combining structural, biomedical, behavioral responses to HIV can make difference for those at highest risks, and least access to services

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Carlos Laudari had a splinter. He got it on his way to a lunch meeting at Pathfinder International’s Washington, DC office, and although he was looking forward to the talk over lunch, he told the group there, the splinter distracted him. Laudari uses a cane, is not a young man, and can surely put so […]

Ambassador Birx formally sworn in by Secretary Kerry at State Department event

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At the swearing in ceremony for Ambassador Deborah Birx as the new Global AIDS Coordinator today at the State Department, Secretary John Kerry told the very personal story of Dr. Birx’s first brush with HIV/AIDS in the early 1980s. Ambassador Birx had lost a lot of blood as she was in labor with her daughter, […]

TB trial will test shorter, simpler regimen for drug-resistant and drug-sensitive disease

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A clinical TB treatment trial announced Wednesday will show if a regimen of two new TB drug candidates and one that is part of existing tuberculosis treatment can streamline, shorten and greatly reduce costs of treatment for the disease, including some drug-resistant strains, significantly improving the odds that more patients will complete treatment successfully. The […]

Paul Kasonkomona, Glenda Gray, a snapshot of global health funding . . . We’re reading about contributions that make a difference

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New era dawns for the South African MRC – At a Kaiser briefing Tuesday, a Global Fund representative talked about the “marathon,” rather than “sprint” to the time that countries’ HIV responses become self-sustaining. This Lancet article, with its story of the South African Medical Research Council’s “massive overhaul” in the last two years, and […]

Global health donor proliferation without coordination raises questions of redundancy, inefficiency, burdens to hosts — and impact

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In basic numbers, this is some of what the last decade of donor awakening has totaled up to across the global health landscape: 37 donors responding to HIV in 143 countries; 22 donors responding to tuberculosis in 109 countries; 27 donors responding to malaria in 86 countries; 36 donors responding to family planning and reproductive […]

South Africa HIV incidence, prevalence, behavior survey raises questions

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What does it mean when the country with the largest HIV epidemic in the world sees prevalence of the virus rise? In South Africa, one of the last countries in Africa to make treatment available to those who needed it and now home to the largest antiretroviral treatment program on earth, it means that more […]

Injectable ARVs and PReP, viral load testing developments, questions on Global Funds in Nigeria and Uganda, we’re reading updates and more . . .

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AVAC’s latest PxWire – News at March’s Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections that monthly injections of antiretroviral drugs offered monkeys protection against vaginal and rectal HIV exposure paved the way for investigating if the approach would work for people too, and raised expectations that long-acting PReP, or pre-exposure prevention of HIV is possible, AVAC […]

TB Reach project results show need for new approaches to lift case detection rates

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For a decade and a half after the World Health Organization launched the expansion of directly observed treatment for tuberculosis, strides against the disease, highlighted by a nearly six-fold increase in cases documented, looked promising, an article released Thursday on PLOS ONE notes. But over the last half decade, with efforts largely reliant on “passive […]