Monthly Archives: January 2018

WHO Executive Board Meeting: HHS Global Affairs leader cites need to increase investments in worldwide health emergency preparedness

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GENEVA – Staff from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Global Affairs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and USAID made it here despite the current U.S. government office shutdown, and are participating in the 142nd World Health Organization Executive Board session, which kicked off today at WHO headquarters in […]

Shutdown? Or situation? . . . due to the whadyacallit, “the information on this site may not be current . . .”

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In the wake of reports that the Department of Health and Human Services issued recent “style guidelines” advising agency staffers crafting budget proposals to avoid certain words, it was a comfort to note that at least when funding fails altogether, the wording is wide open . . . The “situation” For the Department itself, the […]

Study finds deaths among Zambia HIV patients on treatment underestimated, and up to 20 times higher than among patients in Europe

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A study examining data from records at facilities serving more than 160,000 patients on treatment for HIV across Zambia, along with data tracking patients who stopped coming for care at the facilities found that 7 percent of all patients treatment died within two years, a figure from three-to-nine times higher than previous estimates. Those findings […]

What we’re reading . . . A wish list, lessons from the last century, and the inequity of agony

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MSF’s 2018 Wish List – From stopping the preventable toll of the world’s leading infectious disease killer by accelerating access to the treatments that cure tuberculosis, to protecting generic drugs, to putting vaccines within reach of children who now die from pneumonia at a rate of one every 35 seconds, this wish list from Médecins […]

Survey across seven African countries finds young women and teenage girls less than halfway to 2020 goals for HIV control

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Fewer than half of the adolescent girls and young women living with HIV who were tested for the virus as part of door-to-door surveys across communities in seven African countries were already aware of their infection, according to findings released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s far short of the 2020 […]

In Guatemala study, illnesses indicating AIDS were already present in about fourth of patients newly diagnosed with HIV

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At Guatemala’s largest HIV clinic, researchers took a retrospective study of current patient records. One in four patients, they found, had an illness indicating advanced progression of the virus at the time they were diagnosed, increasing their risks of other diseases and death, while increasing the costs of their care. With plans now turning to […]

Ebola study in Sierra Leone community finds a third of households with an infected member saw transmissions to others

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With transmissions between family members accounting for most infections during the 2014-2016 West Africa Ebola outbreak, the virus spread to other members in one out of three households that was home to an infected person, a study in one Sierra Leone community found. In half of those households experiencing transmissions, the initial case led to […]

Keeping the balance in how we prevent HIV: Evaluating structural interventions

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The following is a guest post by Jim Thomas, PhD In 1978, the world celebrated the end of smallpox. Through a coordinated multinational effort, a global vaccination program had reached the furthest corners of the earth and eliminated the ability of the virus to spread. The success was intoxicating. Lists of the next diseases to […]

Antiretroviral treatment with treatment for drug-resistant TB evens odds for people with HIV

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People living with HIV achieve rates of survival from drug-resistant tuberculosis similar to those of people without the virus, when they receive immediate access to antiretroviral medicine along with their tuberculosis treatment, a study following more than 200 patients in South Africa found. The findings, pointing to the critical benefits of “aggressive initiation” of life-saving […]