Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

Where harm reduction policies went up, hepatitis C incidence went down, study finds

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In a study tracking numbers of new infections of hepatitis C and rates of sharing syringes among people injecting drugs over two and a half decades, differences in infection trends emerged across cities in North America, Australia and the Netherlands, researchers report in a recent Clinical Infectious Diseases. While rates of new infections remained high […]

Future of global health funding uncertain during time of great need, panelists say

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While lawmakers have indicated they may reject cuts to U.S. global health funding, the Trump Administration’s proposed cuts to the U.S. Agency for International Development and the National Institutes for Health, among other agencies, “should be looked at as a clear direction of where U.S. policy towards global health is going,” Jen Kates of the […]

Hepatitis preventable, treatable, beatable, but its toll is increasing, WHO report shows

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In a report documenting multiple missed opportunities to detect, treat, cure, and prevent transmission of hepatitis B and C viruses, the World Health Organization recently released its first global estimates of the impact of the infections, showing their toll in 2015 exceeded deaths caused by HIV, and was comparable to the number of deaths caused […]

Science supporters take calls for evidence, investment, progress to streets around the world

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From the rain-soaked National Mall in Washington D.C., to cities across the United States and around the world, on the streets of Cape Town, Kampala, Lagos, Accra, Madrid, London, Geneva, Seoul, Mexico City, Munich, Rio and Rome, and cities across Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, marchers in about 600 events globally stood up for […]

Project’s goal: End malaria for all

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The following is a guest post by Brittany Iskarpatyoti, MPH On World Malaria Day 2015, MEASURE Evaluation called for a global commitment from public health workers to address gender in anti-malaria programming and policies and build up data systems to measure and respond to gender inequities in malaria outcomes. Two years later, gender’s role in malaria programs […]

CUGH 2017: The lessons of global health come home in Fogarty fellow stories, questions, plans

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One fellow went to Chile to track a parasite that spreads disease from dogs to humans . . . Another investigated the social networks that could improve HIV outreach in India, another found links between pollution and heart disease that affect people worldwide, including in the United States . . . As Fogarty turns 50 […]

Yellow fever, polio reports highlight obstacles to disease prevention, control, eradication

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In areas of where staff, supply and training gaps join with population mobility and political instability to compromise surveillance efforts, control of diseases for which preventive vaccines exist remains elusive A little more than four months after the December 2015 start of an urban outbreak of yellow fever in Angola, the health ministry of the […]

CDC finds Zika-related defects in babies, fetuses of one in 10 women with confirmed Zika infection

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In findings from what officials call the largest systematic tracking of pregnancies among women with laboratory evidence and confirmation of Zika virus, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data Tuesday showing that one in 10 women with confirmed infection while pregnant had babies or fetuses with birth defects that have been linked to the […]

Original backers of 2004 “Bioshield” legislation say lapse leaves gap in pandemic, biological attack preparedness

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A few weeks after the attacks of September 11, 2001 took the lives of nearly 3,000 people in New York, Washington, DC and a field in rural Pennsylvania, a photo editor named Bobby Stevens at a South Florida-based supermarket tabloid newspaper was hospitalized with a mysterious illness. It was unfamiliar to local physicians who had little reason […]