Tag Archives: South Africa

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.  […]

South Africa Steps Up on AIDS, But Are Goals Reachable if World Steps Back?

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This excellent New York Times story makes clear that, when it comes to battling AIDS, it really is a new day in South Africa. But even as the South African government unveils an impressive new plan to ramp up HIV treatment and prevention, a new report from the International Treatment Prepardness Coalition makes it equally clear that […]

Ambassador Goosby Discusses Budget, Partnership Frameworks, and New Role for AIDS Activists

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Dr. Eric Goosby, the US global AIDS ambassador, spoke with John Donnelly about a number of issues surrounding PEPFAR and the Obama administration’s new Global Health Initiative, including how the administration hopes to ramp up treatment and prevention efforts with small increases in overall funding and how PEPFAR is constantly responding to emergencies in the […]

Obama's SOTU: Jobs, Jobs, and …. Global Health?

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Okay, so funding for PEPFAR and TB programs did not get top billing in tonight’s State of the Union address. With the economy still sputtering, with voters anxious about the next paycheck and angry about spiraling deficits, global health wasn’t exactly a political winner in tonight’s speech.    But President Obama still did squeeze in a mention of the issue, even […]