Tag Archives: USAID

USAID, Population Council agreement for non-antiretroviral microbicide quest looks to expand prevention toolbox

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An agreement between the United States Agency for International Development and the Population Council announced Monday for the development of a non-antiretroviral-based compound to block HIV and other sexually transmitted infections could yield a low-risk, easy access product for women in low resource settings in as few as a dozen years, if a promising new […]

As WHO TB report shows 3 million undiagnosed and cites drug-resistance “public health crisis,” physicians urge Obama to increase funding

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Three million people sick with tuberculosis go undiagnosed each year, while failures to address strains of disease that don’t respond to drugs constitute a public health crisis, according to the World Health Organization’s just released 2013 Global Tuberculosis Report. While the report cites progress in continued drops in TB incidence and deaths, it emphasizes that […]

Towards Zero Deaths: Roadmap for Childhood Tuberculosis builds on proven steps

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For years the most helpless victims of tuberculosis have also been the least noticed, although they are estimated to comprise up to 10 percent — or more, as they often go uncounted as well — of people sick with the disease worldwide. They are children, younger that 15 years old, whose lives are taken when […]

USAID brief on hormonal contraception: While questions remain, women at high risk and with HIV can use all available methods

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While evidence of a tie between some injectable hormonal contraceptives and an increased risk of HIV acquisition remains incomplete, that potential risk must be balanced against the life-saving benefits of preventing unintended pregnancy, a brief from USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health says. The brief, prepared in collaboration with the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan […]

Murdered gay rights/HIV advocate and journalist documented deadly conditions

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At the end of a Senate briefing last week offering updates on science’s strides against HIV and AIDS worldwide, Dr. Chris Beyrer of John Hopkins University, and president-elect of the International AIDS Society offered a sobering counterpoint to the news of encouraging advances. “We’re not really there yet, for a group of people who are […]

Legislators to Shah: Really? Cuts to TB, HIV efforts aren’t a problem?

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In the budget-cutting environment that characterizes the current Congress, it is not often you will see legislators from both parties urging a foreign aid director to voice the need for more funds, but that is what happened last week. While members of Congress emphasized during hearings last week the importance of robust U.S. support for […]

Bill would acknowledge, sustain USAID role in global health research and development

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At a time when global health responses are threatened by budget-cutting fever, a “deficit neutral” bill proposed by Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) would create a comprehensive strategy to get the most out of a government investment with some of the biggest returns: global health research and development. The 21rst Century […]

Ambitious endgames, continued challenges assessed at global health briefing book launch

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Deaths from AIDS were peaking in Zambia in 1998, when Robert Clay arrived there. The epidemic there had been recorded for more than a decade, but the antiretroviral treatment that was saving livesfor the last two years in affluent countries, remained unavailable to Zambians. The house where Clay lived was on the road to the […]

Prison condition improvement bill seeks to address health and human rights abuses hidden behind walls

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In the golden era of global health, prisons have long occupied a hidden parallel world, a big dirty secret, so to speak, where in cells so overcrowded that inmates sleep standing, diseases are inescapable, medical care and nutrition are far beyond reach, sanitation is nonexistent and justice is a dream. “Most people know little if […]

TB Week: Survivors and allies recount illness, treatment, and loss

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In the week leading up to International Tuberculosis Day, which commemorates the discovery by Robert Koch of the cause of the disease in 1882, Science Speaks will look at issues, events and efforts to confront this lasting and global health threat. When South African nurse Pat Bond got sick in 2010, doctors treated her for […]