Author Archives: Antigone Barton

Zanzibar: An island that has seen success offers a cautionary tale

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Come to Zanzibar, the archipelago off the coast of Tanzania that is both tourist destination and home to about 1 million people, and you’ll hear about success. The place has nearly eradicated malaria — more than once — and controlled HIV to the point that fewer than 1 percent of the people on the island live […]

At Tanzania sober house: “We shine and they want what we have”

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“In the beginning,” Suleiman Mauly told us on Saturday, “the government didn’t want to know we exist. They came to recognize us, though. They pay half the rent for every house now.” We were a group from the United States — Center for Global Health Policy staff and five congressional staffers — on a study […]

Ebola: “This is what it was like to respond to HIV,” doctor home from Guinea says

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At the end of last May, Dr. William Fischer was immersed in his work as a physician, researcher, and instructor at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill when he answered a call from the World Health Organization. He had been recognized the year before with the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s Young Investigator […]

Heading to Tanzania . . . We’ll send postcards, and bring back stories

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The Center for Global Health Policy staff is on its way to Tanzania. Hosting five congressional staffers, we’re heading to one of the countries hit hardest by HIV and tuberculosis. We will visit screening, treatment and prevention programs in Dar es Salaam, Mbeya and Zanzibar, talking to people providing and receiving services to address the […]

90 – 90 – 90: Chris Collins of UNAIDS breaks down the math, and the meaning

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Remember “3 by 5,” the World Health Organization articulated goal of getting life-saving antiretroviral treatment to three million people in low-and-middle income countries by 2005? It became “3 by 7″ — 2007 before treatment available in wealthy countries since the mid-1990s fell within the reach of those three million less fortunate people. But the goal, […]

As Ebola gained ground, CDC report on healthcare resources in Liberia’s remote counties highlights vulnerabilities

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Nearly five months after Ebola came to Liberia, three doctors served four counties on Eastern border, hospital hand-washing relied on water jugs, training, surveillance, means to safely bury the dead remained nonexistent Nestled between Guinea and Sierra Leone, the Liberian county of Lofa was, along with the coastal county of Montserrado, an epicenter of the […]

Uganda and human rights: With overturn of Anti-Homosexuality Law, Museveni points to trade concerns — and once again citing science — gets another chance to get it right

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“Later on, our scientists argued that all homosexuality was by nurture not nature. On the basis of that, I agreed to sign the Bill although some people still contest that understanding. I was also provoked into signing the Bill by the arrogant approach of some foreign governments . . .” Uganda President Yoweri Museveni, New […]

Ebola: CDC interviewing “about 100 people” who had contact with Dallas patient, while saying “the only way to get to zero risk is to stop the outbreak in West Africa”

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As CDC promises daily updates on Dallas-based Ebola investigation, report details investigations, containment efforts in Senegal, Nigeria Promising daily updates on the investigation of the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden expressed confidence today that the disease will be contained in […]

Ebola diagnosed in U.S., controlled in Nigeria, and foretold over months and decades past . . . We’re reading updates and warnings on West Africa Ebola crisis

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Health experts’ predictions that a person sick with Ebola soon would travel to the United States and be diagnosed here came true last week, as news from the the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Tuesday. The story of the man who traveled from Liberia to Dallas, Texas, where he was diagnosed with […]

While Rosemary Namubiru awaits appeal hearing, Uganda’s HIV response, healthworkers living in Uganda with HIV face questionable future

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Rosemary Namubiru, a 65-year-old nurse living with HIV in Uganda, had a date in court  last week for her appeal of a negligence conviction stemming from a workplace accident that happened when she was administering an injection to a sick child, according to the New Vision newspaper. Namubiru has been incarcerated since January, when she […]