Monthly Archives: April 2015

Obama names NSC Development and Democracy director Gayle Smith to head USAID

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President Obama today nominated a member of his administration whose leadership of health and humanitarian responses included guiding development of the U.S. Global Health Initiative and the Global Health Security Agenda to be the next head of the United States Agency for International Development. Gayle Smith, now director of  Development and Democracy  at the National […]

Study highlights need to test patients for antiretroviral resistance in resource-limited settings as well as in wealthy ones

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Study also finds HIV subtype most common in Africa progresses the fastest A multinational study has spelled out two ways the cards are stacked against those living with the virus in the countries where rates of HIV are highest, with greater risks of treatment failing to suppress the virus. Findings from the PEARLS study, released […]

HIV response in Zambia calls attention to cancer’s toll

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When antiretroviral treatment finally came to the people who needed it in Zambia, the HIV epidemic  had produced another challenge there: People were dying of cancers that are routinely diagnosed and treated in wealthy countries. For a country where still-growing HIV and tuberculosis epidemics had overwhelmed an ill-equipped and under-financed health system and depleted its […]

Ebola outbreak changes meaning of health systems strengthening

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West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak are shifting the scope of health systems strengthening to build resilient health systems that can deal with a variety of challenges, said panelists at a CSIS forum last week. Affected countries are developing recovery plans that put health systems strengthening at the forefront, but are pushing for strengthening […]

Secret trade negotiations have life-threatening side effects . . . We’re reading about the Trans-Pacific Partnership

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Help us fix the TPP – Médecins Sans Frontières depends on access to affordable drugs to balance the odds against people in places where life-saving treatment is scarce. The international humanitarian organization, which has a record of recognizing and responding to health threats others have ignored, explains in a video here how the lengthy and […]

One more need in Ebola-stricken countries: Strategies to deal with survivors’ long-term health needs

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Study looks at persistent impact of Ebola virus infection More than two years after surviving an Ebola virus that killed 39 people in Uganda, adults reported chronic debilitating health issues that included vision problems, hearing loss, headaches, joint pain, memory deficits, confusion, and trouble carrying out routine work activities, a study published today in The […]

Young women and HIV: What makes this time different? Panel reflects on failures, “DREAMS”

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If you are listening to speakers representing U.S. leadership of global AIDS responses, usually you are likely to hear about the great success of efforts to prevent mother to child transmission of HIV, as evidenced by more than a million babies born uninfected with the virus, thanks to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. […]

Study says healthcare shortcomings leave tuberculosis undiagnosed, untreated

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In a prospective autopsy study published in The Lancet of patients who died at a hospital in Lusaka, Zambia, researchers found a large percentage of patients were infected with tuberculosis but had gone undiagnosed and untreated, and 17 percent of patients infected with tuberculosis were indeed infected with multidrug-resistant TB but also remained undiagnosed. Aiming […]

In Zambia, an infectious disease response aims for excellence: “This is what a local organization looks like”

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When Dr. Charles Holmes left the office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator  for Zambia at the end of 2012, he had a plan that was both modest and ambitious. He was going to use what he had learned as chief medical officer for the world’s largest program dedicated to a single disease, and build […]