Monthly Archives: December 2015

Global Health 2015: Top 10 stories in HIV, TB and more

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Ebola – Since surfacing in Guinea the day after Christmas 2013, the Ebola virus has killed at least 11,000 people, 500 of them front-line health workers, and, in the course of devastating communities and health systems, caused the deaths of many more. In that same period, an estimated 3 million people worldwide died of tuberculosis, […]

White House releases plan to combat MDR-TB at home and around the world

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With the acknowledgement that tuberculosis that is not effectively confronted anywhere poses threats to public health both globally and domestically, the White House today released a plan setting specific treatment and disease impact targets in the U.S. and abroad as well as goals to build collaborative international responses and capacities to fight the disease. The […]

Most important part of tuberculosis treatment is social support, patients say

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Goodman Macanda’s life revolved around taking  medicines. Every morning he took ten pills. Then he went to the community clinic in Khayelitsha and waited while nurses searched for a place that wasn’t already swollen, so they could give him yet another in a six-month-long series of daily painful injections. After returning […]

Fallout from Shkreli’s risky business model continues with concerns for another parasitic infection treatment . . . and his arrest

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Something about efforts to fight parasites seems to bring out an urge in Martin Shkreli to fight back . . . . While the high-living pharmaceutical CEO faces a possible Club Fed staycation, pursuit of worldwide Chagas drug rights threatens treatment access  A program intended to improve access and options to treatments for illnesses affecting […]

Global HIV, tuberculosis programs flat funded in FY 2016 spending bill, yet again

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U.S.-funded global HIV and tuberculosis programs will be flat funded for another year under the spending bill for 2016  released this week, with funding for global HIV programs remaining below 2011 amounts. Congress has until December 22 to approve the bill and avoid a government shutdown. The bill includes $4.32 billion for the President’s Emergency […]

Ebola panel calls for change : “From a world of non-accountability and non-assistance, to a world of accountability and coordination

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Independent, multinational group presents report in Washington, DC with recommendations for global health response readiness The speakers who gathered at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Dec. 2 described in detail the lapses at every phase and every level of  action and inaction that followed the outbreak about two years ago of Ebola […]

Responding to diseases in the shadows now, with access to knowledge and treatment . . . We’re reading about equalizing health

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XDR-TB is worse than Ebola but we can act – The author, Dr. Philip Lederer, is an infectious diseases physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital with a clinical focus on tuberculosis and other non-tuberculous mycobacteria, and a member of TB Proof. Evoking both Albert Camus’s The Plague and David Frances’ How to Survive […]

The Power of One: Anita Datar’s Contributions to the Global AIDS Response

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The following is a guest post by Ron MacInnis, Andrew Zapfel and Nicole Judice; Palladium, Washington, DC. The global health community lost one of its stars on November 20, when Anita Datar of Palladium was among those killed in Bamako, Mali, where she was working to launch a new project that would improve that nation’s […]

Union World Conference on Lung Health: How to treat TB during war and conflict

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Imagine you’re one of the 1.5 billion people who live in one of the 42 countries currently affected by war and conflict. One day you must flee with your family and leave everything you’ve known behind in a desperate attempt to save your life. Now you’re one of the 60 million […]

Union World Conference on Lung Health: Zoonotic TB poses little known threat

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa – One million people have been infected by mycobacterium bovis over the past decade, scientists said here this week. The zoonotic strain of tuberculosis, acquired from livestock, is clinically indistinguishable from the most common airborne strain, but results in longer, more costly treatments, more drug resistance, and more deaths than mycobacterium tuberculosis, scientists […]