Tag Archives: Kenya

Dr. Deborah Birx: Fighting AIDS with research and treatment changed landscapes of care, prevention, colleagues say

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Two events make up the pillars of the narrative people who have worked with Dr. Deborah Birx tell, when they talk about the the physician researcher who has been nominated to lead the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. One event concerns the only clinical trial for an HIV vaccine candidate to yield proof of […]

HIV, TB, Malaria, Neglected Tropical Diseases: An International Infectious Disease Reporting Contest awards on-the-ground views of harm reduction, co-infection, living in sickness and silence, and more

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A nurse and a drug dealer make a deal to get clean needles to injecting drug users in a Tanzania slum, confronting HIV and TB where they thrive. The result is powerful, and the story of how and why they work together, The Street of Blood and Smoke, gives an in-depth, inspiring, and informative look […]

“Baby steps,” preparing for the advent of a vaccine, Kenya looks at “MARPS” approach: We’re reading about the future, and more . . .

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Baby Steps on the Road to HIV Eradication – The publication of the case of the Mississippi baby who has appeared to be ridded of HIV by early aggressive antiretroviral treatment provided the opportunity not just for a cute headline, but for researchers to follow the suggestions raised by the report, to seek ways to […]

Winning against HIV but running out of drugs? Making gains, while rights lag? We’re reading good news, bad news from the front lines

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Reports with conflicting headlines landed in the inbox on the same day in the last week, leading to the question: are advances in the fight against HIV victory, or progress? Good news followed by bad news leads to cognitive dissonance, but can also point to gaps. Namibia winning HIV fight: Good news! Nigeria reduced HIV […]

A column from Dr. Dybul, resolutions in Antigua, a court ruling in Zambia, and more . . . We’re reading about health & human rights

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Better Health, Better Human Rights: The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria began with a commitment to advancing human rights in its fight against the diseases, Executive Director Mark Dybul notes, but the need to expand that focus becomes clearer as research confirms the effectiveness of focusing on the most vulnerable populations. This, […]

Forgetting about condoms? Don’t be silly! We’re following the latex news on What We’re Reading

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A million dollar bounty for a better condom, a condemned campaign in Kenya, a banned effort in Boston, a Philippine law on hold, a call for safer sex in Papua New Guinea prisons, an Indonesian province’s approach, and a Malaysian condom maker’s plans for the future, are keeping condoms in headlines around the world. If you […]

The Global State of Harm Reduction — discrimination, stigma, misunderstanding, misinformation keep response “shockingly low”

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What if there were an evidence-based, cost-effective approach to prevent HIV infections by tackling a risk that accounts for roughly one out of three HIV infections outside of sub-Saharan Africa, and an increasing proportion of HIV infections everywhere? You might think, in the budget-challenged times that donors and recipients in the global health landscape grapple […]

After a decade of observing the Global Fund, Aidspan founder looks ahead

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The Global Fund had not begun, a little more than a decade ago, when Bernard Rivers, who had worked as a freelance journalist and a software entrepreneur, found himself with enough time and money to spend a couple of years learning a new field. As a teenager he had lived in Africa, and wanted to […]

Protecting Young Women through Empowerment

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The Interagency Youth Working Group worked with USAID to sponsor a meeting yesterday entitled “Protecting and Empowering Adolescent Girls: Evidence for the Global Health Initiative.”  The meeting featured a series of presentations from leaders in the global health field, which aimed to identify factors contributing to girls’ vulnerability to HIV and reproductive health risks, as well […]

Reactions to the New CSIS Report on "Smart Global Health Policy"

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The Center for Strategic and International Studies yesterday unveiled  a new “must-read” report for global health advocates, “Smart Global Health Policy.” While a panel at the Congressionally-chartered Institute of Medicine, made up primarily of scientists, issued recommendations on US global health policy last year, the CSIS panel is the first to involve high-level business leaders […]