Tag Archives: tuberculosis

While HIV aid drops, overall global health spending shows “enduring support”

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While development assistance to middle and low-income countries for global health reached an all-time high last year, assistance for “the main infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, contracted on the whole,” according to the Financing Global Health 2013: Transition in an Age of Austerity report published by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation. Total […]

“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 […]

Pipeline Report: Speed development of, access to products that will address global health needs

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Imagine a world in which a single once-daily pill that can be taken without food, has few if any side effects, and can control the virus that leads to AIDS, is available, equally, to everyone who needs it. Imagine if governments and health systems all over the world were ready to make use of new […]

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. […]

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 […]

Entrepreneur uses cell phones to fight counterfeit drugs while linking patients with answers

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“In healthcare we have to work with what’s already happening” Nathan Sigworth was a freshman in college when he spent a month visiting a small hospital in India, and made a simple discovery: economics there dictated a very different delivery of health care than he was used to seeing. In time, he discovered that while […]

GeneXpert analysis puts numbers, consistency on test’s advantages

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McGill University researchers who analyzed 18 studies involving more than 7,000 people released findings today showing the GeneXpert rapid diagnostic test for tuberculosis detected the disease among 67 percent of samples in which it had been missed by smear microscopy, the most common diagnostic tool in low-resource but high burden countries. While both tests require […]

Clinton launches Blueprint for AIDS-free generation: “Now we have to deliver”

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Introducing the first formal strategy to tackle the global AIDS epidemic, U.S.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unveiled the PEPFAR Blueprint today, saying the plan would not have been possible without science, and that science will carry it forward. Clinton was joined by U.S. Global AIDS Ambassador Eric Goosby, South African AIDS treatment advocate Florence […]

Programs, research, funding for tuberculosis response leave children behind

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When a disease spreads among people living in close quarters and poverty, the question of how hard it is hitting some of the most vulnerable people in its path seems obvious: How many children are suffering from, and dying of tuberculosis? The answer: Nobody seems to know. Numbers are just the tip of the iceberg […]