Author Archives: Antigone Barton

Post-Ebola, ask the right questions

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The following is a guest post by Kathy Doherty of MEASURE Evaluation The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa exposed the weaknesses of national health systems in general, and health information systems in particular, and served as a wake-up call to strengthen mechanisms for timely, reliable information management and sharing regarding epidemic-prone diseases within and […]

With Amnesty International set to vote on sex work decriminalization stance, African, Asian groups, UNAIDS voice support

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“Buying and sellng sex has been illegal for over 60 years in most of our countries but has not led to any reduction of sex work or an ‘end to prostitution’ . . . more importantly it has not led to better lives for sex workers or for our families. Criminalization has not led to […]

Leaders, advocates, researchers, clinicians call for universal immediate HIV treatment access

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A commentary published online today in The Lancet co-authored by leaders of global funding agencies and organizations as well as leading researchers, clinicians, and civil society workers responding to HIV globally calls for immediate access to antiretroviral treatment for all people infected with HIV, without rationing based on geographic location or advanced state of illness. […]

Expanded and supported community health workforces essential, sustainable, report says

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They deliver life-saving services daily that would otherwise be unavailable to mothers, newborns and home-bound patients in areas where distance, infrastructure and staffing shortages challenge access to health care. They deliver information, support, screening, and treatment. By preventing catastrophic illnesses, their work cuts costs for overburdened clinics, strengthen workforces, and controls public health threats. The […]

Study finds diversity in costs, support, and implementation of recommended antiretroviral treatment monitoring

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It’s the best way to ensure antiretroviral treatment is working for those getting it, protecting their immune systems and preventing illness and transmission — and the alternative is more costly. Yet a World Health Organization published study of how frequently antiretroviral treatment programs in seven countries across the Americas check their patients’ viral loads and […]

Amnesty International sex work decriminalization stance proposal sets off flurry of petitions, and celebrity scolding

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Letter against policy plan signed by actors, designers and other luminaries says policy was inspired by “HIV/AIDS sector” which does “worthy” work but has “very little understanding, if any of . . . intersectionality of race, gender and inequality . . .” They support families and each other in situations and communities where no one […]

Global health organization leaders call for PEPFAR to deliver “Right things, right places, right targets — right now”

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Policy leaders of five organizations addressing global health issues wrote a column published in Devex Monday calling on the White House to set new HIV treatment and prevention targets for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Signed by representatives of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the ONE Campaign; amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS […]

Ebola vaccine, projections, quarantines, impact — a year after a public health emergency was recognized, we’re reading about results

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This week sees the end of a year since the World Health Organization Emergency Committee on the 2014 Ebola outbreak in west Africa met for the first time, and declared the epidemic to be a “public health emergency of international concern.” As of that week last August, the spread of the largest ever recorded outbreak […]

Interactive website highlights global gaps, leaders, outliers among national HIV policies

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When the World Health Organization released an announcement in Vancouver this month that its updated and highly anticipated HIV treatment guidelines were “moving towards” advising treatment for all people living with HIV, the international agency noted that the recommendations follow scientific evidence from three major clinical research trials showing that immediate access to antiretroviral treatment […]