Author Archives: Antigone Barton

Texas legislator waxes nostalgic for failure, Nigeria gets another chance, questions on condoms confound policymakers . . . We’re reading about the slippery slope of progress

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It’s April Fools Day and we’re catching up on reading that makes us do double takes. Is the Texas legislator who suggested moving HIV prevention funding to abstinence programs really a physician? (Apparently yes). Could Nigeria’s presidential election outcome be good news for the nation’s lagging HIV response? (Depends — but during the campaign both […]

Mapping health facilities supports accountability, saves lives

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Do countries have accurate information on where health facilities are located? The following is a guest post from Anita Datar of Health Policy Project, telling how answering that question is essential to good governance, health system performance, and emergency responses, and why competent, accurate mapping and updating of Master Health Facility Lists is still a […]

HIV testing support in Tanzania puts emphasis on impact

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The following is a guest post from Mkama Mwirjarubi, a program officer at IntraHealth International in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. by Mkama Mwijarubi As the fight against HIV rolls into its fourth decade, those of us who are involved in combating the epidemic have mixed feelings. While HIV continues to affect the lives of many […]

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria prompts “National Action Plan,” with global strategies targeting pathogens that include multidrug-resistant tuberculosis

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“Antibiotic resistance is a global health problem that requires international attention and collaboration because bacteria do not recognize borders” National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria With a focus on bacteria that present “an urgent and serious threat to public health,” the White House today released a plan to guide federal government, as well as […]

Concurrent treatment for HIV/TB co-infection breaks up “deadly alliance”

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In a continuation of World TB Day coverage, the following guest post from study authors Martha Priedeman Skiles and Stephanie Mullen tells how current data from Ukraine show promise for patients co-infected with TB and HIV.  By Martha P. Skiles and Stephanie Mullen, MEASURE Evaluation Although tuberculosis is a curable disease, it has devastating consequences on public […]

TB survivors from Indonesia, Tajikistan, South Africa tell stories of unique challenges, common ordeals, and continued toll

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A South African nurse described the shame and denial that complicated her treatment for tuberculosis. An Indonesian mother of three recounted the months of debilitating treatment and isolation during which she considered suicide. A man from Tajikistan told how he completed treatment for multidrug-resistant TB the month he lost his second brother to the disease. […]

MSF: More than a quarter of MDR-TB cases in Swaziland not caught by “front line of defense” in fighting the disease

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The nonprofit medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières is recommending that all patients in Swaziland who have tested positive for TB, but rapid molecular testing has found negative for drug-resistance undergo further testing, following findings that a mutation has made more than a quarter of multidrug-resistant strains undetectable by the widely used test. MSF, its […]

TB advocates call on organizations, leaders to work together, speed access to existing treatments for drug resistant tuberculosis

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They would like an answer on March 24 When World TB Day next Tuesday commemorates the discovery in 1882 of the bacteria that causes the disease, announcements and op-ed pieces will note the progress that has been made since, and will certainly call for more. A group of 89 organizations that last week sent a […]

Zambia Gender Minister: Poverty slows march toward equity

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The Honorable Professor Nkandu Luo, now Zambia’s Minister of Gender and Child Development, is a physician, professor of microbiology and immunology, a former Parliament member, former Minister of Health and founder of a an organization supporting sex workers*. Having overcome some of the challenges facing women and girls in her country, and worked to address […]

Questions about suspended contractor’s HIV work meet USAID culture of silence and stalling

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When a multi-billion dollar nonprofit with PEPFAR contracts spends millions of tax dollars on stratospheric salaries, parties, presents, and perks, USAID has no answers on what happened to AIDS responses How does a faith-based nonprofit launched by a minister, his wife and his daughter in 1998 become the recipient of more grants and working agreements […]