Author Archives: Antigone Barton

Health workers face tuberculosis risks up to three times those of general population, while infection control, worker protections lag

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The devastation of the last two years of the Ebola crisis in West Africa was made all the more daunting by a predictable aspect of its toll. The health workers who represented the best hope of controlling the outbreak were also at the greatest risk of illness and death. By the dwindling days of the […]

It’s the treatment, stupid . . . We’re reading why medicine is the best medicine for infectious diseases

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Why Africa’s HIV crisis continues . . . – This opinion piece by Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson is troubling both in its assumptions and its glaring omissions. As a key Bush Administration advocate for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, Gerson is familiar with the conditions and challenges that have fueled the […]

UN Special Session on “the world drug problem” just says no . . .

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Health and human rights concerns “considered” but not confronted in UNGASS drug policy document To leaders of global infectious disease responses and advocates of human rights, the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session on international drug policies represented an opportunity to correct a course of public health harm and failure set by a half-century […]

A partnership to strengthen lab capacities, a poll presents Americans’ take on global outbreak responses and Zika, a new website, and more . . . We’re reading about health readiness

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Role of Public-Private Partnerships in Meeting Healthcare Challenges in Africa – When, shortly before the launch of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, a group of delegates visited some of the African countries most affected by the HIV  pandemic, their immediate focus was on how, finally, to provide access to antiretroviral treatment to […]

Draft of U.N. HIV political declaration released along with calls for comments

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Zero Draft on the Fast-Track to End AIDS in the age of Sustainable Development calls for integrated approaches, attention to neglected, marginalized and excluded populations, sets treatment targets Coordinators of the upcoming United Nations meeting on global HIV impacts and responses released a draft Tuesday of the political declaration on global responses to HIV to […]

Ill-informed, ineffective, discriminatory, and ideological, drug policies became prescription for public health disaster(s), report details

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The goal was “A drug-free world.” The certainty was “we can do it!” And behind the goal and the certainty was a view that illicit drugs threaten “the health and wellbeing of all mankind.” The setting was the 1998 U.N. General Assembly Special Assembly on drugs, late enough in the decades-long and ongoing international “war […]

CDC confirms Zika causes microcephaly, other birth defects

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Scientific criteria support unprecedented link between vector-borne illness and devastating birth defects, Frieden says, while efforts to quantify risks continue Saying data and an accumulation of evidence leave no further doubt about links between Zika infection and birth defects, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed today that infection with the mosquito-born virus during […]

Local issues are global issues . . . we’re reading about confronting global threats, on the ground realities

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Too soon to declare victory: “the end of the the AIDS epidemic” may be within reach, but . . . – “Leave No One Behind”  . . . “Protect and Uphold Human Rights”  . . . “Decriminalize HIV . . .”  “Ensure Treatment Access Now” . . . “Fully Finance a Comprehensive HIV Response” . […]

Access to HIV treatment averted about a million serious illnesses, saved nearly $50 million in 2013 alone, review finds

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A review analyzing data from around the world on adults living with HIV in low- and middle-income countries found that initiation of antiretroviral treatment lowered the risks of opportunistic infections during the first year of treatment from as much as 57 percent to 91 percent, saving millions of dollars in costs of treating illnesses that include […]

Civil Society briefing brings opportunity to (re) engage civil society leaders in HIV response

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The following is a guest post by Andrew Zapfel of Health Policy Plus project, Palladium In my first job after college, working with adolescents in Buffalo, NY, USA, to prevent the spread of HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and early pregnancy I learned a lesson that stays with me. Without adolescents as part of the planning […]