Monthly Archives: January 2016

Zika across the Americas, Ebola’s long goodbye, antiretroviral treatment stockouts in Uganda . . . We’re reading about realities on the ground

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WHO Director General briefs Executive Board on Zika – “Questions abound. We need to get some answers quickly,” World Health Organization Director General Margaret Chan told the agency’s executive board in Geneva today. Actually, in the view of some experts acquainted with patterns of global pandemics, the answers on the Zika outbreak that will be provided […]

Survey shows Xpert TB diagnosis costly, out of reach in countries where private care predominates

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Patients in the highest tuberculosis-burden countries who primarily rely on the private sector for their healthcare needs do not have access to the GeneXpert MTB/RIF diagnostic test for drug-resistant tuberculosis, according to a new study published in The Lancet. And if they do have access, the people who most need the test can’t afford it. Researchers […]

TB: With a plan on the table, an outbreak at home, U.S. Senators, UN Envoy urge White House to fund tuberculosis programs

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With health services out of reach and unprepared to meet public health crises, an impoverished population more familiar with stigma and exploitation than with medical care and cures, the tuberculosis outbreak reported by the New York Times last week reads like a familiar dispatch from a distant and resource limited setting in need of support from wealthier and […]

The future of global health depends on the next President, panel says

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Whether the United States continues to be a leader in global health rests on the shoulders of the next president, panelists said on Wednesday at a Kaiser Family Foundation forum on the future of global health policy. “Presidential leadership is sine qua non,” J. Stephen Morrison of the Center for Strategic and International Studies said. […]

HIV treatment retention study indicates weight of distance barriers, opportunity costs, value of peer-based interventions

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A study exploring why people enrolled in antiretroviral treatment programs across three African countries are “lost to follow-up” reveals obstacles to reaching the third “90” of UNAIDS recipe for success against the global HIV pandemic, and points to answers that can lie within communities where rates of HIV are high. The study, Retention in Care and Patient-Reported […]

WHO isn’t the only one to blame — We’re reading about lessons learned from the Ebola outbreak

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Who’s to blame? – While much of the global health community criticized the World Health Organization’s handling of the West African Ebola outbreak in 2014, the health organization may not have mishandled the initial response to the outbreak after all, when taking into account the response to previous outbreaks. This paper from Third World Quarterly […]

Ebola offers another lesson for WHO: It’s not over until it’s over

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At the press conference Thursday announcing the latest official end of Ebola in Liberia and with it the end of all known chains of virus transmission in West Africa, representatives of the World Health Organization did emphasize that, as the virus has turned out to be more persistent than previously realized, further transmissions and infections, […]

Ebola: Known chains of transmission ended, leaving changed health landscape

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“There’s no question the disease did get away from us all, collectively, and in retrospect, there are a number of things that we would have done better and sooner . . .”  Dr Rick Brennan, Director, Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response, WHO Calling this “a good day . . . an important day,” representatives […]

Mozambique: Our report on an HIV treatment pivot examines what can happen Right Now

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Center for Global Health Policy visits responses in Mozambique and reports in Right Now: Observations on an HIV treatment pivot Mozambique August 2015 With the advent of the third iteration of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, new research and guidelines added new urgency, exemplified when calls for “the right things in the right […]