Author Archives: Antigone Barton

The dictates of drug development, a need to invest in community health workers, the role of inequity, and deadly denialism . . . We’re reading about Ebola, and reliving history

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Ebolanomics – Nearly 40 years after Ebola was discovered in a fast-moving Zaire outbreak that took 280 lives, Western Africa has faced the largest outbreak yet since March, as the disease swept into four countries, with no proven and available treatment with which to confront it. “The lack of a treatment,” this New Yorker piece […]

PEPFAR’s South Africa “transition”: Nearly 20 percent of patients went unaccounted for when care was transferred, study finds

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Survey finding gaps in care, records during transfer of patients from PEPFAR-supported program to community-based clinics comes as new report cites need for data The patients who went to the Sinikithemba HIV clinic at McCord Hospital in Durban for antiretroviral treatment knew the value of the care they received; they paid for it. In turn, […]

HIV treatment successes lead to new challenges, opportunities in confronting chronic disease

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More than three decades after the scientific quest to confront and control HIV and AIDS began, and more than a decade after concerted efforts to make advances in treatment and prevention of the disease equitably available gathered force, results are observable worldwide, the introduction to the new issue of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency […]

While Museveni mulls “harmonized” homophobia, no news from Nigeria is bad news, Kenya considers death by stoning, and smiling faces hide ugly truths . . .We’re reading about politics over public health

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NRM Caucus Sets Up Committee to Harmonize Anti-Homosexuality Law – The two weeks since a Uganda high court overturned the country’s Anti-Homosexuality law have seen a celebration of gay pride in Entebbe, as well as continued celebrations of bigotry,demagoguery and political opportunism by Ugandan parliamentarians promising to both appeal the court’s ruling, and to reintroduce […]

As Ebola toll grows, WHO calls for experimental drug use, and “lessons of AIDS” play out

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Last week as the toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa approached 1,000 lives across the region, the new International Red Cross and Red Crescent leader gave an interview to Agence France Press urging that responders apply the lessons the world has learned from three decades of fighting HIV. He was largely referring to, […]

PEPFAR Pediatric HIV treatment partnership targets antiretroviral access gap

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U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief with London-based philanthropy Children’s Investment Fund Foundation aims to double number of children getting lifesaving medicine across 10 African countries in next two years “When you just see a number, you don’t always grasp a problem,” U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx said, the day after announcing the launch […]

“I am no longer criminal . . . ” Following Uganda law dismissal, we’re reading responses and results

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In the wake of the major victory for public health and human rights that the nullification last week of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act represents, we’re reading the petition that got the law to court, responses from Uganda, and updates from other corners. Constitutional Petition NO. 08 of 2014 – In light of the Ugandan court’s ruling […]

Ebola outbreaks, response … We’re reading about new and persistent challenges to confronting global health threats

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As policy makers and presidents from across Africa gathered in Washington, DC for the three-day U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit, the White House released a fact sheet Monday summarizing U.S.-African Cooperation on Global Health accomplishments of the past 20 years. With investments from the United States, other donors and increased local investments in public health […]

Xpert use reduced wait for treatment, study shows, but health system, patient challenges remain barriers to full benefits

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The demand for, and the promise of, quick accurate tools to diagnose tuberculosis, and to discover resistance to basic TB treatments, are based on a simple and seemingly irrefutable premise. Such tools, it has been pointed out, make early and effective treatment possible, benefiting both patients and public with faster and more frequent cures, and […]

Uganda Anti Homosexuality Act: Overturned on a technicality, it leaves questions

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When a Uganda high court overturned the Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2014 on constitutional grounds today, it wasn’t because of the law’s conflict with human rights. It was because parliamentary procedure requiring a quorum to pass a new law hadn’t been observed. That was the same reason President Yoweri Museveni gave for what appeared to be […]