Monthly Archives: October 2014

45th Union World Conference on Lung Health: South African health minister proposes 90-90-90 — and one more 90 — goal for TB

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BARCELONA, Spain —  “It seems as if we have grown accustomed to TB and ready to accept that human suffering associated with it,” remarked Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, minister of health for South Africa during a plenary talk at the World Conference on Lung Health on Wednesday.  Dr. Motsoaledi wears another important hat these days in […]

45th Union World Conference on Lung Health: TB and pregnancy study shows threats to mothers and infants

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BARCELONA, Spain –  At a symposium on Thursday on the intersection between tuberculosis and maternal and infant health, Adrie Bekker presented disturbing findings from a study looking at outcomes for pregnant women with tuberculosis who came for care at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa.  Over the course of a year, clinicians identified 74 maternal […]

HIV R4P: HIV prevention science and community meet at Crossroads

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“When we say relationship, we mean relationship,” Professor Linda-Gail Bekker said today. “It’s not like the relationship with your banker, it’s like the relationship with your mother.” It includes doing the wash, minding the kids, calling before the holidays with reminders to make sure to stay in touch . . . “Whatever it takes to get the […]

45th Union World Conference on Lung Health: TB kills more people every day than Ebola has killed to date says British MP Nick Herbert

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Barcelona, Spain — “TB kills more people every day than Ebola has killed to date,” UK Parliamentarian, Nick Herbert said in a plenary address at the Union Conference on Wednesday. “If this disease had re-emerged in the West, we would now have a vaccine and better drugs,”  said the man who formed an all-party parliamentary […]

45th Union World Conference on Lung Health: MSF finds deadly gaps in responses to drug-resistant TB

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BARCELONA, Spain — Wrong-headed policies and practices and serious gaps in care for drug resistant TB are fueling a worldwide public health crisis, said Médecins Sans Frontières in a new report, Out of Step, released today at the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health. The report surveys eight countries, India, Uzbekistan, Russian Federation, Myanmar, Brazil, South […]

45th Union World Conference on Lung Health: Plenary speakers push for patient-centered bold goals to end TB

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Barcelona, Spain — Wednesday evening’s opening provided a mix of activists, prestigious health ministers and parliamentarians all of whom called for bold action to eliminate the toll of death and illness associated with the world’s longest standing infectious disease — tuberculosis. Activists from South Africa and Los Angeles led the list of prestigious speakers by detailing the […]

As HIV R4P focuses on those with highest burden, least access to services, the death of a Zambian President highlights fragility of leadership and public health

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A Zambian acquaintance here at the HIV R4P conference in Cape Town shared the news this morning that the country’s President, Michael Sata, has died. “It is too much,” she said, noting he is the second president to die in office in six years, and in the short history of the country that just celebrated […]

HIV R4P: With a small step in Africa, the Thai HIV vaccine trial Cinderalla story continues

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First came RV144, the clinical HIV vaccine trial in Thailand that became the first such trial to end in modest success, with a candidate that offered some protection against the virus. That was big news, although among the work ahead that it pointed to — in addition to seeing if it could offer stronger and […]

45th Union World Conference on Lung Health: Alarm Bells about TB and Diabetes

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BARCELONA, Spain –  The opening press conference of the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health highlighted a new report calling for international action against the latest co-epidemic, tuberculosis and diabetes. With alarming similarities to the deadly synergy of HIV/TB, the intersection between tuberculosis and diabetes compromises treatment outcomes for both diseases, Dr. Anthony Harries told a packed […]

HIV R4P and a report from the U.S. CDC: Ebola and HIV redux

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Dr. Anthony Fauci of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was scheduled this morning at the HIV Research for Prevention (or as it is called by tweet-savvy organizers, HIV R4P) meeting, to  pull the once disparate threads of what is now a joined endeavor of biomedical HIV prevention approaches together, in a talk […]