Monthly Archives: December 2017

2017: A year of challenges and change in global infectious disease responses

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As international efforts to counter worldwide health challenges that include antimicrobial resistance and infectious disease surveillance began to gather force at the end of 2016, a transition in U.S. global health leadership was underway — from a president who ushered in the “Global Health Initiative” (it fizzled out) and the Global Health Security Agenda (off […]

What we’re reading: What happens when policy makers recognize that healthcare is a right

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A Marshall Plan for global health – “Absent the U.S. leadership to date that has spurred significant burden sharing, the threat of infectious diseases will only grow and further weigh down health systems and economies,” this piece in the National Interest predicts. At a pivotal moment in that leadership, this piece presents reasons that U.S. […]

Analysis highlights role of diplomacy in U.S. HIV response leadership, PEPFAR gains

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Conceived as an urgent response to a global health crisis with national security ramifications, the design of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief as a historically ambitious attack on a single disease was unique from the start. In recognition of economic and political factors that had hampered responses to the pandemic at home […]

Vulnerable, entitlement, diversity, transgender, fetus, evidence-based, science-based . . .

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Whether banned or simply avoided, physicians, scientists, policy makers and medical writers say dodging words leads to inaccurate discussion of public and global health needs  . . . How do you discuss the urgency of preventing the most devastating impacts of Zika virus without using the word fetus? How do you focus efforts to control […]

Study of Zika impacts on infants shows needs for long-term planning, resources

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A little more than two years after Brazilian health authorities began to note a steep rise in microcephaly incidence among children born in areas affected by an outbreak of Zika, a study involving 19 of those children found evidence of disabilities and severe development delays that will require a range of social and medical services, […]

With surveillance gaps, Angola sees microcephaly incidence rise over months following Zika confirmation

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The first cluster of microcephaly cases just outside Angola’s capital city was noticed in September of this year, marking nine months since tests in January had confirmed the virus in a sick adult, and in a stillborn infant with neurological defects. A WHO bulletin now says cases in the area had surfaced in May and […]

Ebola stories highlight global health security needs, efforts, progress in emerging infections detection, prevention, response

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In 2014, as international health leaders and policy makers launched the Global Health Security Agenda to meet increasingly urgent needs to prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease outbreaks around the world, the emergence of the Ebola crisis in West Africa underscored the immediacy of their mission. Spreading from a forest in Guinea to sweep […]

Study finds Zika virus in semen up to five months after symptom onset among returning infected travelers

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Among men infected with Zika while visiting the Americas, the median time the virus remained after being detected in their semen was nearly three months, a study of infected travelers returning to Belgium has found. Zika was found in semen samples from nine of 15 men who participated in the study, including in the semen […]

What we’re reading: World AIDS Day messages with urgency every day, and more

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Progress toward ending the HIV epidemic is challenged by threats to ACA – In a timely call for accountability, Chair of the HIV Medicine Association Dr. Melanie Thompson describes here how political battles to undermine the Affordable Care Act also undermine resources needed to win the war against HIV at home. Dr. Thompson, who also […]