Monthly Archives: January 2015

Ebola: “You can’t say we didn’t know,” says a doctor returned from West Africa

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“I don’t want to say ‘what has been allowed to occur, so I’ll backtrack, and say, ‘what has occurred’ . . .” Dr. Dan Lucey is an infectious disease physician who teaches about epidemics at Georgetown University, but when he spoke there last week about his experiences treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and Liberia […]

Suspended by USAID for “serious misconduct” contractor lists projects “making a world of difference for communities affected by HIV/AIDS”

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USAID cites “zero tolerance for mismanagement of American taxpayer funds,” but HIV contracts followed years of reports of contractor’s high salaries, dubious results The nonprofit contractor that USAID announced Monday it had suspended after investigations revealed “serious misconduct [in its] performance, management, internal controls and present responsibility,” saw its fortunes leap from $1.2 million a […]

Americans support global health spending over other foreign aid spending

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Americans are more supportive of U.S. spending to improve global health than other foreign aid spending, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll. Improving access to clean water and children’s health top the list of global health priorities for most Americans, with 57 percent saying improving access to clean water should be top priority, […]

Fixing what’s broken and breaking what’s fixed . . . We’re reading about WHO and Ebola, India and its role in global health

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UN health agency urges better global preparedness against future outbreaks – It was the end of March when Ebola was confirmed in Conakry, Guinea, the first time in the 40-year recorded history of the highly contagious and deadly disease that an outbreak had occurred in a capital city. By June, the outbreak had spread to […]

Small world: Study of HIV subtype’s global spread shows impacts of tourism, migration, policies

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The subtype that comprises 5 percent of HIV-1 infections globally traveled from Africa to Thailand where it was identified in 1989. From there, it spread around the world. In 1991, when Thailand became home to 143,000 new HIV infections, public health officials acknowledged the seriousness of the country’s epidemic, and tackled it with the then […]

Measures of HIV treatment progress highlight lagging investments

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Greater investment, established goals needed to realize antiretroviral treatment benefits of reducing new infections, improving health, and lengthening life expectancy, pieces say While the proven transmission-preventing, health-improving, life-saving benefits of antiretroviral treatment for HIV, along with rising numbers of infected people receiving the medicine have inspired talk in recent years of an “AIDS-free generation,” efforts […]

Ebola: Too little, too late, lost lessons from the recent past, too much too late . . . We’re reading chronicles and updates from West Africa

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During a talk last week at the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, DC, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden contrasted the scenes of horror and futility he saw during a tour of West Africa health facilities overwhelmed by the region’s Ebola crisis in late August, with the promising and even […]

Sofosbuvir patent rejection offers chance of affordable effective hepatitis C treatment as studies highlight possibilities of drug

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This is turning out to be a big week for hopes of treatment and cures for some of the 185 million people worldwide living with hepatitis C, and for possibilities of lowering global incidence of the liver-damaging, cancer-causing disease. First, two studies added to what is known about the potential of a drug used in […]

PrEP: Risk of resistance to antiretroviral drugs used to prevent infection is lower than thought, study finds

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Highest risk of resistance found in those starting drugs with undiagnosed infection, pointing to importance of screening The landmark study that found preventive use of antiretroviral medicine by a person who is not infected with HIV can lower the risk of acquiring the virus from his or her infected partner has yielded data showing that […]

Frieden on Ebola: With “no alternative but to get to zero,” challenges remain getting, staying there

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When health response leaders gathered in Washington, DC this morning to deliver updates on the Ebola crisis in West Africa, the progress gained in recent months was evident as much in what they didn’t discuss as what they did. The panel didn’t come to describe overflowing treatment wards, health workers sweltering in protective gear as […]