Monthly Archives: March 2016

Ward Cates: Physician, scientist, champion of women’s health, global health, and social good

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A leader who translated research into practice, challenges into change, leaves a legacy Ward was a remarkable leader in global public health. His vision remained true throughout his career. He recognized that poor women were not being able to access new advances in reproductive health technology and developed critical trials to show how they could […]

Search is on for quick and accurate measures of HIV incidence to assess impacts of interventions

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FIND researchers highlight issues, answers in tracking HIV incidence How do you measure the impact of DREAMS? The goals of the U.S. and partner-backed initiative to confront conditions fueling the spread of HIV among teenage girls and young women and to help the target population “develop into Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe women,” […]

WHO: Ebola is no longer a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

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Acknowledging that a flare up of Ebola sickness and transmission in Guinea is ongoing, and that more clusters of Ebola cases can be expected in West Africa, the World Health Organization committee on the outbreak  today declared that the transmission of Ebola in the region that began in December 2013 is no longer a Public […]

As U.S. sees first rise in TB cases since early ’90s, World TB Day offers forum to count costs of missed opportunities

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Generally World TB Day is meant to commemorate progress, and the opportunities to conquer an ancient disease that opened when physician scientist Robert Koch identified the bacteria that causes it more than 130 years ago. This year, though, the day also offered a glimpse of what happens when progress stands still. The short answer: The […]

Scientists find way to identify people at risk for active tuberculosis disease

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An international team of researchers have found a way to determine which individuals infected with tuberculosis are most likely to develop active TB disease in the future. This important discovery, made with support from the National Institutes of Health, would allow doctors to identify people who are at high risk of developing active tuberculosis disease and […]

World TB Day 2016: CDC’s Shannon Hader on leadership against an epidemic

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The following is a guest post from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Global HIV and TB, with answers to questions on the global tuberculosis pandemic and responses from Division Director Shannon Hader. TB is one of the world’s oldest diseases, yet it continues to kill millions of people each year. […]

Access to medicine, diagnostics and human rights . . . We’re reading how to fight TB

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Just 2 percent of people with the severest cases of drug-resistant TB currently have access to new, more effective treatments that could save their lives – Remember the excitement a couple of years back when the first new kinds of drugs to treat TB to be developed in half a century were approved? When delamanid […]

Battling TB and other outbreaks “staff, stuff, space, and systems ” still lacking

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Paul Farmer first saw multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in the early 1990s in Haiti, from where he smuggled a patient’s sputum sample to test for drug resistance in Boston. Months later, Partners in Health co-founder Dr. Jim Kim with other colleagues discovered a cluster of fifty MDR-TB patients in a squatter settlement of 100,000 in Lima, Peru. […]

Health information systems lay foundation for building from one emergency to the next

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The following is a guest post by James Thomas of MEASURE Evaluation Ebola has once again surfaced in Guinea. Meanwhile, the battle with Zika virus continues in Latin America. American responses to outbreaks tend to be disease-specific, driven in part by the latest images in the media. The White House recently requested $1.8 billion of […]

With TB now No. 1 global infectious disease killer, USAID justifies cuts to global TB funding

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When House Appropriations Committee members in 2014 asked then USAID Administrator Raj Shah how the U.S. could combat tuberculosis globally with 19 percent less money, he said not to worry. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief would fill the gap, he said. Two years […]