Author Archives: Antigone Barton

President Obama leaves a global health legacy marked by science, strategy, progress, challenge

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“Few could have imagined that we’d be talking about the real possibility of an AIDS-free generation, but we are. And we arrived here because of all of you and your unwavering belief that we can – and will – beat this disease.” President Barack Obama, Dec. 1, 2011 When President Barack Obama took office on […]

115th Congress and Global Health: Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Tillerson hearing touches on development, disease responses

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He praised the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, noting the program’s measurable impacts, while calling it “remarkable,” “extraordinary” and “a model” and “a marvelous way to send the message of the compassion of the American people.” He commended the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for its response to the 2014-2015 Ebola crisis. […]

115th Congress and Global Health: Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions gets three new members

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The HELP Committee oversees most of the agencies, institutes, and programs of the Department of Health and Human Services, including the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Administration on Aging, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Agency for Healthcare Research […]

115th Congress and Global Health: Senate Foreign Relations gets four new members

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Included in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s oversight is the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. On January 11, the Committee will hold a hearing on the nomination of Rex Tillerson to be the next Secretary of State. The new members of the committee are: Sen. Rob […]

We’re reading about a year of Zika responses, new outbreaks on the horizon, and why the only certainty is the need to meet the next challenges faster and better

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Zika Virus – 10 Public Health Achievements in 2016 and Future Priorities – From last January, when the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control issued its first warnings to pregnant women on travel to Zika-endemic areas, to July when the agency for the first time warned against travel to a destination within the continental […]

Rural Cameroon study indicates need to double HIV treatment success, monitor outcomes in west, central Africa to control epidemic

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Researchers cite critical need for stronger capacities in remote areas to find treatment resistance, failure The numbers of people who are receiving antiretroviral treatment HIV in remote rural areas of west and central Africa for whom that treatment is succeeding is about half of what it needs to be to achieve control of the epidemic by United Nations 90-90-90 goals, researchers […]

PEPFAR releases 2017 guidance draft, with Jan. 9 deadline for civil society feedback

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With a 10-day window for feedback, the U.S. Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator released a draft of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief 2017 Guidance for Country and Regional Operation Plans on the last work day of 2016 and is inviting civil society and others with a stake in its success to read it and […]

With new leaders, the global health landscape faces shifts . . . we’re reading about changes

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Antonio Guterres, Known for Nerve and Deal Making, Will Need Both at U.N. – Former Portugal Prime Minister António Guterres was sworn in this week as the ninth Secretary General of the United Nations, bringing a record relevant to global health. Portugal’s decriminalization of drug use in response to the country’s heroin addiction epidemic on […]

Global Health Security Agenda measures early advances toward readiness to contain outbreaks

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“None of this works if you’ve got a hole in the net . . .” Last year, an international partnership that includes the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Defense, the Department of Agriculture, as well as donors and agencies from Canada and European countries, and health officials in countries around […]

Columbia study finds Zika-related microcephaly risk appears greatest in early pregnancy

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In early August 2015, Columbia’s national health service began to collect what would add up over the year that followed to about 105,000 reports of suspected Zika virus infections, with close to 20,000 of those among pregnant women. Six months later, health officials began to collect reports of a steeply climbing number of babies born […]