Author Archives: Antigone Barton

Ebola highlights pace of “interconnectedness,” role of leadership, and what happens when one moves faster than the other

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In remarks last week at the United States Agency for International Development’s 2014 Frontiers in Development Forum, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry highlighted what he referred to as both “new opportunities,” and “new challenges,” of interconnnectedness, and “a hyperconnected world.” Challenges, he noted, are exemplified by the ongoing, still escalating Ebola crisis in West […]

Obama at CDC on Ebola: Describing “a potential threat to global security that has profound effects on all of us,” President announces scaled up government-wide strategy

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The number of people infected with Ebola could rapidly grow from the thousands now counted and uncounted, to tens of thousands, and then to hundreds of thousands, President Obama said at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga today, as he announced a more intensive and strategic U.S. response to the […]

PrEP for sex workers in Kenya, HIV and contraception research, Uganda a gay-friendly tourist destination? . . . We’re reading about approaches with promise

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State to buy sex workers HIV prevention drugs – This article, topped by a photo that tells its own story, backs into the description of a promising plan unpromisingly (“Kenyan taxpayers will have to part with approximately Sh4 billion [4 billion Kenyan shillings] annually to provide sex workers with a daily HIV and AIDS prevention […]

Calling for a war on drugs ceasefire: A talk about harm reduction policies, and policy harm reductions . . .

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When members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy launched their report Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies that Work last week, they did so, as J. Stephen Morrison of the Center for Strategic and International Studies noted Thursday, in the midst of a busy news week (“a crowded geopolitical field,” Morrison said). Still, the […]

Uganda follows the U.S., while Gambia follows Uganda and none of that is good news . . . We’re reading about setting bad examples

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Criminalization threatens global progress against AIDS – Dr. Kenneth Mayer is a clinician and researcher who works in U.S. and global HIV responses, so he is in a good position to see patterns in successes and failures in both efforts. Here he explains how Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni could feel comfortable visiting the White House […]

Microbicides and other ARV-based prevention: Biomedical answers meet challenges on the ground

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Does adherence to using a product intended to prevent HIV acquisition depend on willingness, or ability to use the product? What are the factors — whether thoughts, beliefs, structural obstacles or social barriers — influencing both? The challenges that women have faced since the recognition of HIV in protecting themselves from getting the virus by […]

TB trials highlight needs, opportunities

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Two recently announced tuberculosis study results  could change approaches to treatment delivery and development, but only if funding allows the realization of the opportunities they highlight. One of the studies was the REMoxTB trial, which set out to address the desperate need for shorter, simpler routes to cure tuberculosis, by determining if substituting the antibiotic […]

Decriminalize drug use, production and transport in the name of public health and safety, global panel says

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With recommendations that include ending criminalization of drug use, decriminalizing and regulating some currently illicit drugs, and ending imprisonment of farmers and couriers involved in illicit drug production and transport, an international panel of government, health, academic and business leaders released a report today urging a global approach to drug control that prioritizes public health […]

Why maps matter: Delivering the right HIV services in the right place at the right time

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In the third phase of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, strategic planning is more urgently needed than ever. The following is a guest post by Anita Datar of the Health Policy Project on the role of geographical information systems in that planning. By Anita Datar, MPA, MPH, Health Policy Project A subtle […]