Author Archives: Antigone Barton

From the tiniest patient, to building strategies, community plays pivotal roles in Ebola outbreak

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A seven-week old infant, less than two weeks old  when admitted to a Katwa Ebola treatment center with her fatally ill mother, is the latest “miracle baby,” touted by the Democratic Republic of Congo’s health ministry as owing her survival to a team of recovered and now Ebola-immune patients who nurtured her back to health. […]

What we’re reading: How to stop an epidemic

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From dead last in HIV suppression among high-income countries, to eliminating transmission  is going to take work – Dr. W. David Hardy saw his first HIV patients more than 30 years ago in Los Angeles, where some of the earliest studies improving understanding of the virus and the epidemic took place. More recently he has […]

Thinking strategically about nutrition supports disease responses and more

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The following is a guest post by Heather B. Davis, MPH, and Emily A. Bobrow, PhD, MPH, of MEASURE Evaluation Who has a strategic interest in nutrition? Is the world on course to meet global nutrition targets? What does it mean to have a robust national dialogue to support the development of practical nutrition solutions? […]

Study finds “no significant differences” in survival rates of Ebola patients getting intravenous fluids and those who didn’t

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Unmeasured factors leave questions, authors note A study retrospectively examining the role of intravenous fluids in preventing deaths of Ebola patients during the 2013-2016 West Africa Ebola crisis concludes the intervention, in itself, did not make a significant difference in chances of surviving during the 28 days following diagnosis. Differences in survival rates during the […]

In face of ongoing Ebola response challenges, WHO adapts vaccine strategy to streamline process, expand access, extend supply

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“Pop-up” vaccination sites, widened eligibility for inoculations, reduced doses, and the addition of a new investigational vaccine candidate are among the strategies a panel of World Health Organization experts has recommended to reverse discouraging trends, including increased cases and continuing security threats confronting responses to the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. […]

What we’re reading: Ebola may not be a PHEIC, but it is of international concern

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News of a health worker’s death is the latest to tell us we all have stakes in the DRC Ebola outbreak – Whether officially designated or not, the largest outbreak of Ebola recorded in the country where the virus was identified is of international concern, Dr. Krutika Kuppalli writes here. Dr. Kuppalli, who served as […]

Communication was Dr. Manasseh Phiri’s prescription for infectious diseases

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Dr. Manasseh Phiri was working at the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia when I met him 10 years ago, although his days as a practicing physician were well behind him by then. Dispirited by the unrelenting toll of AIDS in his country over the decades before life-saving treatment made it there, when locals […]

WHO: Measles cases up worldwide from this time last year

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With more than 112,000 cases of measles reported by 170 countries so far this year, the world is seeing rising rates of a vaccine-preventable illness over last year, according to data released by the World Health Organization today. At this point last year, with just seven fewer countries providing data, a little more than 28,000 […]

DRC Ebola outbreak still not a PHEIC, committee says, while calling for “redoubled efforts”

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Expressing concern over recent increases in areas, and continued risk of cross border spread, and unprecedented challenges posed by ongoing violence in the affected area, committee chair notes the outbreak still has not entered other countries, “now, over many months” The WHO emergency committee convened to evaluate whether the ongoing spread of Ebola in the […]

Reaching men through index testing can speed path to first “90” — and epidemic control

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To control the global health threat of HIV by 2030, according to UNAIDS, these goals must be reached by 2020: To diagnose 90 percent of all HIV-positive persons, provide antiretroviral therapy for 90 percent of those diagnosed, and to achieve viral suppression for 90 percent of those treated. The initial step in achieving this aim […]