Author Archives: Antigone Barton

Ebola takes center stage in Geneva a year after first appearance in Conakry

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Meanwhile, crisis continues, while future readiness remains an open question Ebola had already hit the big time, making its first appearance in a capital city nearly two months earlier, when the 67th World Health Assembly convened last year. Still, the highly infectious and deadly viral disease, which by then had been reported in three west […]

Study asks: What if a “concentrated” HIV epidemic is bigger than 1 percent?

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In a “generalized HIV epidemic,” what if all transmission during sex work stopped? Call it a different kind of 1 percent — the kind that doesn’t connote privilege. In the definition that sets the course of HIV programming, an epidemic is considered “concentrated” among specific populations, (i.e. sex workers, people who inject drugs, and men […]

A research renaissance, the landscape and the art of science . . . We’re catching up on research for HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

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Defeating the Virus – Why a vaccine is necessary, why the quest is complicated, and why different approaches are yielding promising signs are all addressed in this Scientist Magazine piece by International AIDS Vaccine Initiative Chief Scientific Officer Wayne C. Koff. The Trimer Transformed – If you are not a scientist, and if your first obstacle […]

Court clears HIV treatment and human rights advocate Paul Kasonkomona in case highlighting free speech, recognition of men who have sex with men

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A Zambian High Court today affirmed the acquittal of human rights activist Paul Kasonkomona today in a case that highlighted obstacles to HIV prevention and treatment services in a country where sex between men remains a crime. Kasonkomona was arrested in 2013 shortly after speaking on a local talk show about the need for Zambia […]

WHO report reveals awareness of antimicrobial resistance low, risks are high worldwide

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Out of 47 African countries surveyed by the World Health Organization, only eight gave responses to questions on what they know about the impact on their populations of resistance to drugs that treat infections, and on what they are doing to combat it. Only one of the countries had a national plan to combat antimicrobial […]

Localizing aid: “The definition is very subjective”

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When the topic is localizing aid, what counts as “local?” Does it mean having a main office in Washington DC office and also in the Lusaka, the capital of Zambia? Or does it mean “indigenous, organic, homegrown?” Perhaps one is “local,” and the other is “local, local,” Karen Sichinga, head of the Churches Health Association […]

A call for sweeping reforms, the plagues to come, acknowledging the damage . . . we’re reading about what comes after Ebola

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The Ebola Outbreak in Liberia is Over – The World Health Organization’s declaration Saturday that Liberia is free of Ebola virus transmission includes a recounting of the epidemic there, including that its start was “deceptively slow.” It continues that the first week of April saw one confirmed case in the capital city, and goes on […]

For HIV counselors in Zambia, work hits close to home

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The following is a guest post from Karen Blyth, director of East Africa programs for Intrahealth International. They’ve lost children, family, and friends to HIV. Now they search their community’s churches, bars, schools, and markets, offering help to those who are at risk but often out of reach. By Karen Blyth In a small office […]

Panel discusses HIV in terms of stigma, star power, sequestration and faith

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Leaders and celebrities bring perspectives on global pandemic to Senate subcommittee An audio technician hummed “Tiny Dancer” as he wired the front of room 124 at the Senate Dirksen Office building, visitors who formed a line stretching down the hall talked of getting a seat from which they could see “Elton,” and the press seating […]

Neighborhood wealth inequality in sub-Saharan Africa predictive of greater HIV risk

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The following is a guest post from MEASURE Evaluation and Department of Public Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill By Paul Brodish An Association between Neighbourhood Wealth Inequality and HIV Prevalence in Sub-Saharan Africa, published recently in the Journal of Biosocial Science, investigates whether community-level wealth inequality in the region predicts HIV serostatus. […]