Tag Archives: South Africa

“Country ownership” needs tweaking, circumcision data needs sharing, TB-stricken South African miners need justice . . . What else is new? We’re reading about unmet needs

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The good, the bad, and the uncomfortable in country ownership – This commentary in aidspan’s Global Fund Observer comes in the wake of Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan’s signature on the newest anti-gay law threatens the country’s HIV response, but that is only one in a series of problems, it shows, that defining “country ownership” as […]

PEPFAR transition to South Africa ‘country ownership’ disrupts care, threatens progress, squanders success, Health GAP report says

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In policy talk, the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief move from directly supporting AIDS-fighting efforts with money and staff in countries that need help, is called a “transition to country ownership.” That, in policy talk, is what must happen for work to achieve an AIDS-free generation to be “sustainable.” A report just released by […]

Heading to Africa . . . we’ll send postcards and bring back stories

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Center for Global Health Policy staff will leave for a week in Zambia and South Africa tomorrow. Hosting four congressional staffers, we’re heading to two places hit hardest by HIV and tuberculosis: Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, and Durban. Each country has important stories to tell about the impact of these health crises and the […]

What We’re Reading: Cutting aid, cutting human rights, cutting disease-fighting efforts, and more . . .

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UK to cut direct aid to South Africa – AIDS Alliance Response: While news that Britain plans to end direct aid to South Africa by 2015 was met with concern in opinion columns around the world, this piece from AIDS Alliance spells out why this will risk investments in the HIV response to date: the […]

TB Week: Integration, involvement, a “holistic” approach key to linking women and tuberculosis care

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When a week of events focusing on the worldwide impact of tuberculosis brings together a group to talk about women’s health and diplomacy, it needs to be a broad-based group, and it was. For a start, the talk at the Washington Club in Washington, DC was sponsored by The Center for Global Health and Diplomacy, […]

Drug maker seeks approval for use against multidrug-resistant tuberculosis

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Makers of an investigational tuberculosis drug that has been urged for “compassionate use” approval in South Africa have applied to the European Medicines Agency to market the medicine as part of a combination therapy for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. “If approved, bedaquiline could be one of the first drugs with a new mechanism of action for tuberculosis […]

“This century’s Marshall Plan”

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“PEPFAR will be remembered as this century’s Marshall Plan” noted Rep. Jim McDermott at a briefing today.   McDermott, D-Wash, one of the co-chairs of the Congressional AIDS Caucus, was a lead off experience at today’s Health Affairs briefing on the publication’s July edition, which is devoted exclusively to coverage of the President’s Emergency Plan For […]

CDC looks at TB/HIV syndemic, Lancet looks at expectations for Jim Kim, studies look at lower HIV risks for gay fathers, importance of healthy vaginas, and more. . .

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CDC’s Grand Rounds feature examines past, future of HIV/TB response: In a world where an estimated 160 people die of tuberculosis every hour, where 25 percent of HIV/AIDS-related deaths are caused by TB, and where 9 million people can be expected to develop the disease each year, while untreatable forms of infection have emerged, “much […]

90 Days of AIDS

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This video chronicles the true story of Selinah, an HIV/AIDS patient in South Africa who experiences the ravaging effects of her disease being reversed through ARV treatment over a period of three months.  Produced by the advertising agency Ogilvy Johnannesburg for the HIV/AIDS relief organization, the Topsy Foundation, the short film won the coveted Cannes […]

For men and women in Africa, rectal microbicides are crucial

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Here at the Microbicides 2010 conference in Pittsburgh I got a chance to talk with Dr. Gita Ramjee, one of the top researchers in the field, about the most exciting scientific challenges being discussed at the meeting.  Dr Ramjee is the Director of the HIV Prevention Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council.  […]