Category Archives: HIV/TB DC Briefing

Center for Global Health Policy and GHC Briefing on HIV/TB Coinfection, Washington, DC

Mark Harrington: US Cannot Pull Back on HIV Treatment Scale Up

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In this video, Mark Harrington, executive director of the Treatment Action Group, discusses the resources needed to “catch up” with the HIV epidemic and the urgency of expanding treatment to save lives. Harrington explains this pressing need in the context of a shift in US global health policy and the global economic recession. Harrington spoke […]

Scale up of HIV Testing is Vital

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In this video interview, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and an expert in epidemiology and outcomes research, discusses the need to scale up HIV testing and link those who test positive to appropriate care. She also talks about a new avenue to reach men who may be infected […]

What Should Country Ownership Really Mean as PEPFAR Moves into Next Phase?

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As the Obama Administration takes PEPFAR into its next phase, one of the hottest new buzzwords has been “country ownership.” Dr. Eric Goosby, Obama’s Global AIDS Ambassador, and other staff at the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator have used this term repeatedly over the last year to describe their efforts to make PEPFAR a […]

HIV Testing and Treatment at the “Very Core” of Child and Maternal Health

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Dr. Rochelle Walensky, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and an expert in epidemiology and outcomes research, took on two of the most contentious issues in the current debate about HIV treatment scale up: Can we afford it? And why shouldn’t we shift attention to other global health priorities, such as maternal […]

By the time we woke up, TB had gotten ahead

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J. Peter Cegielski, Team Leader for Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis at the CDC, International Research and Programs Branch, Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE), likened the tuberculosis epidemic to the fable of the tortoise and the hare. “By the 1980s we thought that TB had been conquered. We fell asleep of the wheel….. While we stopped to take […]

From the Audience Q & A

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National Public Radio correspondent Brenda Wilson asked the panel why the government could not provide substantial new funding for TB drugs and diagnostics. Referring to discussions at this week’s World Health Assembly meeting in Geneva, she said others have suggested that we have the tools we need to fight TB and the problem is inadequate resources to make […]

HIV Scale-up and Synergies

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Wafaa El-Sadr, Director of the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP); Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, shared her own experience on scaling up HIV programs based on her work in Africa. She focused on the importance of integrating HIV treatment with other health interventions. […]