Author Archives: Antigone Barton

UN General Assembly recognizes antimicrobial resistance as global public health threat

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Declaration flags resistance to antibiotics, including for TB treatment, as “greatest and most urgent global risk” Emphasizing imperatives to strengthen local health surveillance and service capacities worldwide, for biomedical research and development driven by evidence and needs, and for collaborations between human health, veterinary, and environmentally related disciplines, the member nations of the United Nations […]

Antimicrobial resistance takes center stage

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Forum explores global and diverse causes, challenges, impacts, of dwindling treatments for infectious diseases NEW YORK — On the eve of the first gathering of world leaders confronting the worldwide and growing threat of infections resistant to existing medicines, Professor Ramanan Laxminarayan of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy emphasized the opportunity the moment […]

UN access to medicines panel seeks to reconcile business of health with right to health

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A United Nations panel’s report released last week examining barriers between medicines and the people who need them traces the divergence of two paths over the previous century: one towards a recognition of human rights to health, and the other toward industries’ rights to profit from their innovations. The results of those divergent paths, the […]

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria raises $12.9 billion for next three years

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Launch of 2016 replenishment of funds to fight three diseases comes close to goal, exceeds 2013 donations The $12.9 billion in donations to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at the launch of its fifth replenishment Saturday puts the international charity effectively within reach of its $13 billion goal and reflects increases in national […]

Leaders launch “a super-fast-track framework for ending AIDS among children, adolescents and young women by 2020”

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It all comes down to math, science, policies, people on the ground and resources to support them Global health leaders gathered on Capitol Hill Wednesday to announce a new set of HIV response goals and to say with an increasingly familiar blend of optimism and realism that while the work that is needed to stop […]

Investigation finds evidence sexual transmission of Ebola sparked new outbreak in Guinea more than a year after survivor’s recovery

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Persisting virus in survivor’s semen apparently remained infectious 470 days after symptoms began Case underscores value of enhanced surveillance, improved diagnostic, care and outbreak response capacities, authors say The Ebola outbreak in Guinea had been declared over in December 2015, more than three months earlier, this last March when health officials investigating three recent deaths […]

Without new funding by Oct. 1, Zika responses will be limited, HHS says

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Zika’s reach expands in neighboring countries and domestically, while search for intersection of politics and public health continues . . . On one hand, you have the depletion of funds allocated for implementing the Affordable Care Act and controlling Ebola, a barrier to funds for family planning services, a continued cap on Medicaid spending in […]

Meeting the enemy of antimicrobial resistance (and it is us), replenishing the Global Fund, and the return to Durban . . . we’re reading about the issues behind the conferences

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Ahead of the fifth conference to replenish the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria this week, and the United Nations high-level meeting next week to confront the global threat of antimicrobial resistance, we’re brushing up on the background and implications of the events. We’re also taking a look back, with a round-up of […]

WHO HIV guidelines adopted last where they would make the biggest difference, study finds

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Analysis of national policies also notes that implementation lag also leads to missed prevention and life-saving opportunities When the World Health Organization issued an early update to its HIV treatment guidelines in September 2015, the new recommendations drew on years of mounting evidence that immediate antiretroviral treatment for people diagnosed with the virus saves lives, […]

WHO review connects Zika to paralyzing disorder, microcephaly

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Cause for Congressional inaction remains unclear An evaluation of studies completed through July indicates that Zika virus infection is a trigger for the paralyzing Guillain Barre Syndrome, and a cause of congenital brain abnormalities that include microcephaly, the World Health Organization announced today in an updated statement on links between the continuing spread of the […]