Tag Archives: Tanzania

In Tanzania, medical circumcision services rely on a predominantly female nursing workforce

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The following is a guest post from IntraHealth International. By Mkama Mwijarubi In November 2010, Tanzania embarked on a nationwide campaign to scale up medical circumcision — which can decrease a man’s risk of HIV infection by up to 60 percent — in regions where men traditionally do not undergo it. Hundreds of nurses were […]

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 […]

The Voice of Public Health Leadership Globally: Marginalized

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The following is a guest post by Ron MacInnis, Deputy Director for HIV. By Ron MacInnis WASHINGTON, DC — My visit to Uganda last month – and meetings with many dedicated health professionals and HIV advocates – left me with concerns about the direction of the country’s HIV response and about the continued impact of […]

Opioid substitution therapy successful, and critical, in first mainland sub-Saharan Africa program

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The first publicly funded program to provide methadone maintenance therapy to people who inject opiate drugs on the mainland of sub-Saharan Africa retained clients at rates comparable to wealthier countries and, in the process, yielded information that could increase the success of other such programs, a study has shown. The program, and the study to […]

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 […]

Looking for lasting impact, first Peace Corps Global Health Service Partnership volunteers work with medical school faculties in Africa

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After a career as cardiologist and teacher, Stephen Humphrey had retired  when he discovered first-hand the dire need for medical school instructors in a resource-poor country. A career as a registered nurse providing psychotherapy gave Nancy Remington a chance to see strides in treatment and acceptance of psychiatric illnesses. Then she saw a chance to […]

Report from Maputo: Workshop to Scale Up TB/HIV Activities

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Maputo, Mozambique – The regional meeting to scale up collaborative TB/HIV activities in Africa kicked off in Maputo last week with presentations scheduled for 14 African country representatives to share progress and challenges in confronting TB/HIV co-infection in the most highly impacted region of the world. Less half of HIV-infected individuals being treated for TB […]

Building health capacity through service, a doctor’s vision becomes a partnership

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This is what it looks like when the a country has no more than two or three doctors, and, at best half a dozen nurses, for every 100,000 patients: Sick people don’t come for care until they are very sick, if they come at all. When they arrive they can look forward to spending the […]

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 […]

A New Weapon in the Fight against HIV/TB Co-Infection

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New results from a tuberculosis vaccine trial indicate that the Mycobacterium vaccae (MV) was effective in preventing TB among people with HIV. Given that TB is the No. 1 killer of people with HIV in the developing world, this could be a major advance in the battle against these synergistic scourges. In the seven-year study […]