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 [...]
It sounds obvious, urgent, and ambitious: Make HIV counseling and testing as well as links to subsequent care and prevention services universally available, and watch the numbers of new infections drop steeply.
Increasingly, Richard Hayes of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said Monday, it also sounds practical.
Zambia: TB Control Pilot generates recommendations In 2010 a Human Rights Watch report charged the Zambian prison system with severe overcrowding, gross human rights violations and conditions that perpetuate infectious diseases, notably tuberculosis. The report led to a partnership between the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia with funding from the President’s Emergency Plan [...]
Paul Kasonkomona’s struggle took him from saving up money for his own funeral, to the struggle for treatment access Several years before police in Zambia arrested Paul Kasonkomona this week for telling a national television audience that the nation needs to decriminalize homosexuality and recognize its gay population, a widely distributed Zambian government-issued report made [...]
One or two years ago, the idea was radical for low-resource settings: Provide antiretroviral treatment for life for all women who were pregnant and HIV positive, thus protecting the health not only of the infants on the way, but of their future siblings, and of the mothers themselves, as well as their partners. Since 2010 [...]
Jemima, a rural Kenyan woman living with HIV and without medical care, had wasted to just 77 pounds when a friend brought her to a President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief-supported clinic. She went home that day with a basic health package put together by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. She started antiretroviral [...]
Can John Kerry Fix the Administration’s AIDS Budget Problem? The Obama administration’s AIDS budget problem is one of choices that cancel each other out and erroneous perceptions, this piece by Matthew Kavanagh says. The choices — last year the administration’s budget proposal cut funding for PEPFAR, but gave some of that money to the Global [...]
Dr. Charles Holmes was completing his medical education when he lived and worked for three months in Malawi in 1999. The AIDS epidemic there, uncontrolled, was peaking. Medicine had been saving AIDS patients’ lives in wealthy countries for the last five years, but was still out of reach for most Africans. Desperately sick people lay [...]
Resistance to second-line drugs in people with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in eight countries: This Lancet article looking at rates of resistance to second line anti-tuberculosis drugs in Estonia, Latvia, Peru, Phillipines, Russia, South Africa, South Korea and Thailand, put numbers on a situation already known: tuberculosis is growing harder to cure. Following a June New England [...]
The Center’s Rabita Aziz describes a visit to Livingstone General Hospital’s antiretroviral therapy (ART) ward in Zambia during a recent Congressional delegate trip to Africa. In a dark room so small and cramped that the door won’t even close, Ndabila Singango, a provincial clinical mentor employed by the Center for Infectious Disease Research of Zambia (CIDRZ), tests [...]