Monthly Archives: April 2009

Second Report of TB Drug Shortages

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Last week we posted an item about Burma facing a severe shortage of TB drugs next year unless emergency funding is secured. Today, there’s news that Uganda may be in an even worse situation. In northern Uganda, the lack of drugs—for HIV as well as TB—is already causing serious concern. Dr Paul Onek, director of […]

HIV Policy: the Good, the Bad, and What Should Come Next

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Millions of lives saved. More than 30 drugs approved. Many new infections prevented. Those are the key successes in the nearly 3-decade-old battle against HIV/AIDS, as laid out in a broad position paper by the HIV Medicine Association, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the American College of Physicians.   Christine Lubinski, IDSA’s vice […]

Two Tales on TB

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Two troubling TB stories this morning: First, a study in the Lancet reports that MDR-TB is an increasing threat in the former Soviet Union and China. “The countries of the former Soviet Union are facing a serious and widespread epidemic with the highest prevalence of MDR-TB ever reported in 13 years of global data collection,” […]

Let Us Showcase Your Work, Send Us Your Stories

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  As policymakers in Washington make vital funding and program decisions on global health, we need to showcase the work of global HIV/AIDS and TB scientists and physicians who are on the front-lines of preventing and treating these twin global epidemics.   We’re looking for compelling stories about what’s happening in the research labs, the clinical […]

Three "Bold New Approaches" to Battling HIV/AIDS

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Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has a very informative op-ed in today’s Washington Post outlining “three bold new approaches” to curtailing the HIV/AIDS pandemic. “Vaccines have historically been mankind’s best weapon against the worst infectious diseases,” he writes. “But HIV’s unique and formidable nature has presented challenges to […]

Funding Available for Microbicides Research

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The National Institutes of Health is seeking grant applications for its Microbicide Innovation Program.  The agency is looking for projects that will advance the development of new microbicides or shed new light on the characterization of microbicides for use against HIV or STIs linked to HIV, among other scientific pursuits.   Here’s the link for […]

Fogarty Doles Out HIV & TB Grants

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The Fogarty International Center announced $11.75 million in grants over the next five years to fight HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis in Haiti, Uganda and China and to establish a new program in Tanzania.   The grants will help train researchers from those countries on HIV and TB prevention, among other things.   “Research has identified many […]