Author Archives: Antigone Barton

WHO report highlights need for new TB drugs

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 “An analysis of the antibacterial clinical development pipeline, including tuberculosis” finds development falling short especially for tuberculosis . . . Report finds second-line treatment regimens for TB already compromised, evidence of increasing transmission of multi, extensively drug-resistant TB, while lack of economic incentives continue to stall new tuberculosis drug development . . .     […]

State Department, PEPFAR release good news and a “strategy” short on details, definition

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Names 13 countries for “particular focus” with aim for epidemic control by 2020 . . . Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Haiti, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe to be focus of efforts . . . Providing some clarification to proposals to shift the focus of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief […]

Study suggests opening use of last resort TB drug for children

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Researchers: bedaquiline can be used safely in MDR TB patients 12 and older, and should be considered for younger children The innovative anti-tuberculosis drug that represents a reprieve for adults whose disease does not respond to other treatments should also be made available to children aged 12 or older, according to findings from a study […]

What we’re reading: Insights on global health policy, and why, when funding doesn’t support disease-fighting goals, something’s got to give

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Goalkeepers: The stories behind the data – A companion piece to the data-dense Lancet review of health-related goals for 2030  released Tuesday, the stories behind the data told here focus on policies and practices that are pushing progress — through patient-focused health services, targeted use of new technologies, and greater investments — now. While acknowledging […]

Global health data review finds no country on track to end TB incidence by 2030, vast majority of countries falling short of goals to control HIV

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Projections based on  current burdens of disease, along with data from the preceding 26 years, show both vast inequalities of progress, as well as the likelihood of limited success across both wealthy and low-income countries in meeting specific goals to improve health care and health access around the world by 2030. The projections from a […]

Appropriators approve sustained global health, boost to TB, increased research funding, reject expanded global gag rule

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“Now is not the time to back off,” Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) Senate appropriators today approved spending for the coming fiscal year that would continue current funding levels for global health programs, add $2 billion to funding for the National Institutes of Health, including by maintaining the Fogarty International Center and its worldwide research and […]

What we’re reading: News from Africa includes a shortage of medicine in Zimbabwe, health worker shortage in Uganda, and a policy brings a cold blast from the past in Zambia . . .

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South Africa: Take on government, challenge it to do more – As donors HIV dollars flatline, as if the hard part of fighting the pandemic is behind us, this op ed from South Africa Deputy President, and South African National AIDS Council co-chair Cyril Ramaphosa reminds his country, and the world, “there are still many […]

Study finds small savings, high costs in both dollars and lives from global HIV funding cuts

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“We leave it to readers to draw their own conclusions about whether imposing such tradeoffs on vulnerable populations accurately reflects how donor countries value life in recipient nations . . .” Walensky et al, Annals of Internal Medicine, August 28, 2017 Cutbacks to HIV services driven by diminishing donor dollars would result in reductions of […]

For HIV patients fewer clinic visits means better treatment retention, Zambia study finds

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Patients receiving care for HIV who were scheduled for clinic visits every six months were less likely to show up late, miss visits, have gaps in treatment, and drop off treatment rolls than patients scheduled every three months, a study in Zambia has shown. The study, the results of which are published today in Clinical […]

Researchers track spread of HIV among migrants in Athens to inform, improve prevention and treatment services

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When Athens saw HIV incidence begin to climb steeply in 2011, a familiar pattern emerged — the rate of new infections among migrants was disproportionate, and migrants were also likelier to be diagnosed later. To researchers who had tracked HIV impacts among migrants across Europe, this wasn’t surprising, authors of a report in Clinical Infectious […]