Monthly Archives: February 2017

CROI 2017: Continuing HIV treatment for new mothers in maternal and child health programs improves outcomes

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SEATTLE –  Providing antiretroviral therapy to pregnant women in antenatal care settings has become commonplace in sub-Saharan African settings, but keeping these women in care after their babies are born has been challenging.  Continuing antiretroviral treatment services for  women in settings where postnatal services are provided to them and their infants is a “simple and […]

CROI 2017: With free treatment for citizens, but not for immigrants, Botswana sees progress, and evidence of why that progress has stalled

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SEATTLE – On one hand, Botswana stands before the world, and certainly before its nearest neighbors as a model of determined and successful policies that confront one of the largest HIV burdens in the world. With possibly 22 percent of people there living with the virus, the country still is considered close to achieving the UNAIDS 90-90-90 […]

CROI 2017: A story of scientific collaboration, and resistance to travel ban highlight benefits of cross-border research

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SEATTLE – There was a time that when people thought of Zimbabwe, Dr. James Hakim said here Monday night, they thought of Victoria Falls, magnificent wildlife — the “Big Five” — and the graceful curves of Shona stone sculpture. That was before the HIV pandemic exploded in his country amidst crippling economic inflation and political denial that set […]

CROI 2017: Science Speaks brings news from Seattle

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SEATTLE – The 2017 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections this week finds a growing research agenda informing and informed by science and strategy surrounding HIV as well as tuberculosis, hepatitis, and emerging infections that include Ebola and Zika. Science Speaks is here, from an opening session tonight bringing updates on quality care in Zimbabwe, […]

What we’re reading: Making the case for, maintaining the impact of U.S. global health leadership – abroad and at home

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The Vital Case for Global Health Investments by the United States Government – The cost effectiveness of controlling infectious disease outbreaks where they begin, the protection that improving health capacities globally offers American travelers and guest workers, the common good advanced by global health research, and the good will generated by humane international responses are […]

WHO calls for list of essential diagnostics

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Last June, a Perspective piece in the New England Journal of Medicine noted the critical place that the World Health Organization’s list of Essential Medicines had assumed in global health policy and responses — donors, governments and insurers were all more likely to invest in promoting accessibility of medicines that were on the list. The […]

115th Congress and Global Health: New Democrats for House State and Foreign Operations, Labor, Health and Human Services Subcommittees

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Rep. Nita Lowey’s announcement of Democrat Appropriations subcommittee membership introduces two Democrats  to the House Appropriations State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, and two to the Labor Health and Human Services and Education Subcommittee. House Appropriations State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee  Rep. David Price (D-NC) – Rep. Price joins the House Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations […]

Transition 2017: Tillerson confirmed as Secretary of State after divided Senate vote

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The Senate confirmed Rex Tillerson to become Secretary of State on Wednesday after a confirmation vote that saw the former chief executive of ExxonMobil receive more opposing votes than any other secretary of state nominee in American history. With a 56-43 vote, three Democrats and one independent joined all 52 Senate Republicans in confirming Tillerson […]

TB training for just 5 to 9 percent of private pharmacies not enough for public health impact

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The following is a guest post by Emily Demotte Lisinopril 20 mg by mouth at eight AM? Check. Having already verified the patient’s identification, I scanned the medication barcodes into the computer one by one, performing the third, and final, confirmation of the “five rights” of medication administration – right patient, right drug, right dose, […]

115th Congress and Global Health: House Energy and Commerce gets new Chair, new leader and members for its Health Subcommittee

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Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) – Fresh after ensuring the House remained in Republican control after serving as chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee, Rep. Walden takes over as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee from Rep. Fred Upton, who stepped down due to term limits. Before he was elected to the House […]