Author Archives: Antigone Barton

IAS 2017: With midpoint numbers showing 90-90-90 goals near for some, eluding others, innovation and equalizers take precedence

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PARIS – With a graph showing an apparently achievable trajectory from the 19.5 million people on treatment at the end of 2016, to the 30 million people who must receive treatment by 2020 to control HIV as a global health threat within the 10 years that then follow, a preconference session here examining progress toward […]

House subcommittee spending bills save Fogarty, reject radical Trump global health cuts

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Subcommittees post bills that subcommittees will weigh today With a $1.1 billion increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health as well as an NIH budget that includes $73 million for the Fogarty International Center, and continued funding for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief at current levels, the two House funding […]

We’re reading how arguments for cuts to health and science spending don’t add up

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Trump’s unethical aid cuts – Yes, in real dollars the United States spends more on foreign aid than other countries, but in relation to U.S. gross national income, it falls far short of paying its fair share. This piece by Princeton bioethics professor Peter Singer debunks the Trump administration’s justification for the foreign aid spending cuts […]

G20 declaration notes TB as reports highlight needs for policy, funding leadership

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“We highlight the importance of fostering R&D, in particular for priority pathogens as identified by WHO and tuberculosis.” G20 Leaders Declaration, Shaping an interconnected world, Hamburg, July 7-8, 2017 In the 15-page declaration G20 leaders produced agreeing to actions toward “building resilience, improving sustainability, and assuming responsibility,” in “an interconnected world,” amidst a brief section […]

From welcome support for vaccines to questionable support for the “science” of anti-aging, we’re reading about Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, newly named to lead the CDC

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Brenda Fitzgerald – Meet Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health and State Health Officer, board-certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist and a Fellow in Anti-Aging Medicine, with three decades of medical practice behind her, according to her bio on the Georgia DPH website. With a record of supporting the value of vaccinations and high […]

Trump plan would limit PEPFAR “epidemic control” efforts to 12 countries

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Remember the days when the antiretroviral medicine that saved the lives of people living with HIV — and that would later be proven to prevent transmission of the virus — was provided to the people who needed it only in countries that could afford it? That past, when lines between life and death followed the […]

In wake of Ebola healthworker toll, challenge builds better personal protective equipment

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One of the most dangerous times for health workers during the 2014 – 2016 Ebola crisis in West Africa came when they took off the protective gear that covered them head to toe as they cared for patients. An intricate process of removing at least half a dozen overlapping layers of equipment, the “doffing” of […]

Moscow TB meeting declaration gets a civil society makeover and is up for signers

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Individuals and organizations interested in signing on to a civil society version of the Moscow Declaration that could serve as a blueprint for commitments and action toward ending the global impacts of tuberculosis over the next decade and a half have one more day to do so. The Global Fund Advocates Network worked with members, […]