Monthly Archives: June 2017

In wake of Ebola healthworker toll, challenge builds better personal protective equipment

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One of the most dangerous times for health workers during the 2014 – 2016 Ebola crisis in West Africa came when they took off the protective gear that covered them head to toe as they cared for patients. An intricate process of removing at least half a dozen overlapping layers of equipment, the “doffing” of […]

Moscow TB meeting declaration gets a civil society makeover and is up for signers

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Individuals and organizations interested in signing on to a civil society version of the Moscow Declaration that could serve as a blueprint for commitments and action toward ending the global impacts of tuberculosis over the next decade and a half have one more day to do so. The Global Fund Advocates Network worked with members, […]

We’re reading lessons of PEPFAR, and from progress gained and abandoned

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PEPFAR: Oh what good you have done!  From South Africa’s first reported AIDS patient in 1982, to the years when the epidemic filled hospitals and graveyards, to the miraculous but selective deliverance of antiretroviral medicine, to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, to a White House budget proposal for 2018 that threatens to reverse […]

Study: Early intensified treatment boosted drug-resistant TB meningitis survival, but detection remains challenged

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A randomized trial of clinical outcomes for patients with drug-resistant tuberculous meningitis underscores that new diagnostic tools and treatments for the disease are critically needed, authors of a report in the July Clinical Infectious Diseases write. Their study found early identification of drug-resistance and intensified treatment to be pivotal in improving survival chances of people with the […]

“The impact of Fogarty training has been extraordinary, and we really need to continue”

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On a day when partisan rancor over domestic health policy escalated with the release of the Senate version of a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor Health and Human Services found themselves on comfortable common ground once again as they considered the Trump Administration proposal to […]

WHO sets stage of for global ministerial TB conference, seeks input on declaration

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November Moscow conference will inform 2018 United Nations high level meeting When ministers of health and leaders of other government offices and agencies worldwide gather in Moscow this November for a Global Ministerial Conference on Ending TB, they will face the task of agreeing to make enough changes to what they are doing now to […]

We’re reading about the values and value behind health services, security, and science

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Trump’s proposed NIH cuts would extend far beyond U.S. – “We are all together.” That is the value that brought the author of this piece in the Kansas City Star from his home in Missouri to Mauritania to Senegal. Now a physician, he has observed that high rates of cervical cancer, a preventable disease, fall […]

Mass bed net distribution campaigns reduce health disparities across sub-Saharan Africa

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The following is a guest post by Courtney Chiaparas for MEASURE Evaluation Malaria disproportionately affects poor, rural populations, with pregnant women and young children at highest risk of severe illness and death. Addressing inequities with actionable strategies, such as the availability of insecticide-treated nets, has been the cornerstone of malaria control efforts for more than a […]

Slashing NIH budget by double digits won’t affect medical research, Price claims

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“Whenever a budget is released, the most common question asked in Washington is ‘how much?’ How much money does the budget spend on this program, how much does it cut from that other program? As a former legislator, I understand the importance of this question. But too often, it’s treated as the only question worth […]

When Senators question Tillerson on global health impacts of State Department cuts, numbers speak louder than words

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“Throughout my career, I have never believed, nor have I ever experienced, that the level of funding devoted to a goal is the most important factor in achieving it . . .” U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shared that philosophy with skeptical U.S. Senators Tuesday, on the same day a new analysis […]