Category Archives: What we’re reading

What we’re reading: Global Health insecurity, why the enemy of my enemy is my friend, and ending AIDS at home

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The CDC is about to fall off a funding cliff – A couple of years after fast-moving and devastating outbreaks of Ebola and Zika overlapped, and even as the potential for both of those viruses to wreak havoc on families, communities, economies and on global stability continue in the absence of strong health response capacities, […]

What we’re reading: A CDC director’s conflicts, Trump administration global health impacts a year in, and a Global Gag Rule update

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CDC Director Resigns – “a large, complicated stock portfolio that included hundreds of thousands of dollars in investments . . .[in] tobacco companies . . . as well as a number of pharmaceutical stocks” was too much baggage for new CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald to carry while overseeing national and global public health endeavors. Politico, […]

What we’re reading: How critical efforts to build infectious disease capacities worldwide could be diminished, and why that matters

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CDC to cut back disease work in foreign countries – Even as U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Global Affairs Director Garret Grigsby expounded on the need for increased investments in worldwide public health emergency preparedness, the Wall Street Journal was detailing plans at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  “to scale […]

What we’re reading . . . A wish list, lessons from the last century, and the inequity of agony

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MSF’s 2018 Wish List – From stopping the preventable toll of the world’s leading infectious disease killer by accelerating access to the treatments that cure tuberculosis, to protecting generic drugs, to putting vaccines within reach of children who now die from pneumonia at a rate of one every 35 seconds, this wish list from Médecins […]

What we’re reading: What happens when policy makers recognize that healthcare is a right

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A Marshall Plan for global health – “Absent the U.S. leadership to date that has spurred significant burden sharing, the threat of infectious diseases will only grow and further weigh down health systems and economies,” this piece in the National Interest predicts. At a pivotal moment in that leadership, this piece presents reasons that U.S. […]

What we’re reading: World AIDS Day messages with urgency every day, and more

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Progress toward ending the HIV epidemic is challenged by threats to ACA – In a timely call for accountability, Chair of the HIV Medicine Association Dr. Melanie Thompson describes here how political battles to undermine the Affordable Care Act also undermine resources needed to win the war against HIV at home. Dr. Thompson, who also […]

What we’re reading: The impacts of science and stigma

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Grateful for progress toward a disease-free world – In a world made smaller by travel, trade, and emerging infections, we’re grateful for physicians and researchers who work together across national borders to build a healthier world. Fogarty International Center Director Roger Glass discusses the progress those partnerships have yielded. Three decades on, stigma still stymies […]

What we’re reading: The Global Fund picked a new executive director

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Having narrowed its second round of finalists to four, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria today announced its selection of former Standard Bank chief executive, World Bank pandemic preparedness working group chair, and Harvard research fellow Peter Sands as the international charity’s fourth executive director. We’re reading about the process and the […]

We’re reading the solutions to mysteries: What Chopin’s heart revealed, why dengue comes back with a vengeance, and how to end AIDS

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Chopin’s heart, pickled in a jar, offers clues to his death – It took more than a century and a half, a gathering of scientists, church officials and Chopin institute leaders, as well as  knowledge gained through modern medicine to determine, finally, that when the brilliant young composer Frédéric Chopin died in 1849, it was […]