Tag Archives: CDC

Ebola vaccine, projections, quarantines, impact — a year after a public health emergency was recognized, we’re reading about results

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This week sees the end of a year since the World Health Organization Emergency Committee on the 2014 Ebola outbreak in west Africa met for the first time, and declared the epidemic to be a “public health emergency of international concern.” As of that week last August, the spread of the largest ever recorded outbreak […]

For HIV counselors in Zambia, work hits close to home

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The following is a guest post from Karen Blyth, director of East Africa programs for Intrahealth International. They’ve lost children, family, and friends to HIV. Now they search their community’s churches, bars, schools, and markets, offering help to those who are at risk but often out of reach. By Karen Blyth In a small office […]

From an Ebola response to a PrEP trial, we’re reading why infectious disease responses and health system strengthening go together

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Women in PrEP trial feared they would have to leave study if they reported low adherence – This is a story we’ve heard before — several times now: Women are enrolled in a study to determine the effectiveness of a biomedical method to protect themselves from HIV infection. Earlier studies have indicated the method holds […]

HIV testing support in Tanzania puts emphasis on impact

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The following is a guest post from Mkama Mwirjarubi, a program officer at IntraHealth International in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. by Mkama Mwijarubi As the fight against HIV rolls into its fourth decade, those of us who are involved in combating the epidemic have mixed feelings. While HIV continues to affect the lives of many […]

Ebola: CDC interviewing “about 100 people” who had contact with Dallas patient, while saying “the only way to get to zero risk is to stop the outbreak in West Africa”

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As CDC promises daily updates on Dallas-based Ebola investigation, report details investigations, containment efforts in Senegal, Nigeria Promising daily updates on the investigation of the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden expressed confidence today that the disease will be contained in […]

Ebola diagnosed in U.S., controlled in Nigeria, and foretold over months and decades past . . . We’re reading updates and warnings on West Africa Ebola crisis

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Health experts’ predictions that a person sick with Ebola soon would travel to the United States and be diagnosed here came true last week, as news from the the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Tuesday. The story of the man who traveled from Liberia to Dallas, Texas, where he was diagnosed with […]

Towards Zero Deaths: Roadmap for Childhood Tuberculosis builds on proven steps

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For years the most helpless victims of tuberculosis have also been the least noticed, although they are estimated to comprise up to 10 percent — or more, as they often go uncounted as well — of people sick with the disease worldwide. They are children, younger that 15 years old, whose lives are taken when […]

Falling short of the halfway mark, a cough not heard around the world, Uganda’s moral grounds, sex trafficking war casualties . . . We’re reading about global health winners, sinners, gains and losses

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The Race to Improve Global Health: Great strides toward the halfway mark aren’t winning the race to a fair, healthy and sustainable world, says this New York Times editorial, a timely piece when  budget-weary policy makers might be tempted to rest on their achievements so far. United Nations’ Millenium Development Goals — including reductions in […]

Advocates, physicians to pharmaceutical company: lower price on government-supported drug, aid research

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It has been heralded as an important step in ending the threat of tuberculosis in the United States, and one with ramifications for countries with higher incidence of the disease: a new drug to treat TB infection before it causes illness, treat it more quickly than current regimens. With standard treatment consisting of daily pills […]

Budget cuts endanger the CDC’s Tuberculosis Research Program

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The following is a guest post by Coco Jervis, senior U.S.and global policy associate Treatment Action Group , the science-based treatment advocacy organization. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 8.7 million people became sick with tuberculosis in 2011, and more than 1 million are expected to die of the disease this year alone. […]