Monthly Archives: May 2009

World Health Assembly Calls for Action on Drug-Resistant TB

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 The close of the 62nd World Health Assembly included a resolution on combating drug-resistant tuberculosis, a particularly welcome development given that TB almost got knocked off the WHA agenda because of a heavy focus on the influenza A(H1N1) virus. The WHA meeting of health ministers and officials from the World Health Organization member states ended […]

TB and HIV Specialists Needed

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Looking for adventure? Doctors Without Borders needs HIV and TB specialists to work in 35 countries, doing patient care, training and management. Here’s the posting and a link for more info: PUT YOUR IDEALS INTO PRACTICE: DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS SEEKS HIV/AIDS and TB SPECIALISTS Doctors Without Borders provides assistance to people whose survival is threatened […]

IOM says US Should Commit $15 billion to Global Health by 2012

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In its much-anticipated report on America’s role in addressing global health, the Institute of Medicine called on President Obama to appoint a sort of global health czar and urged both the administration and Congress to invest $15 billion in global health by 2012. “Especially during this time when the global economy is under pressure, attention […]

Global Health Studies Get Stimulus Money

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The economic stimulus bill is paying more public health dividends—allowing universities to seize on student interest in global health programs. Four universities have qualified for new funding, made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, from the National Institutes of Health to bolster global health programs. Dartmouth College, for example, won money to help […]

Another Good Agency Pick

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Well, we may not like President Obama’s budget too much. And we’re more than a little worried about his global health proposal. But at least Obama is putting good policy folks in place to combat infectious diseases, here and abroad. Today, the president picked Dr. Thomas Frieden as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, […]

PEPFAR May Be More Effective in HIV Prevention Than Study Suggested

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An editorial due out next week in the Annals of Internal Medicine raises a provocative new question about the recent study of PEPFAR’s effectiveness. The initial study, by Stanford researchers Eran Bendavid and Jayanta Bhattacharya, found that while PEPFAR decreased the HIV/AIDS death toll in targeted countries by more than 10 percent between 2004 and […]

Global Center Hosts Zimbabwe's Dr. James Hakim at Health Policy Forum

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    Zimbabwe’s health care infrastructure had been in a state of slow decline for more than a decade, and then experienced a near-total collapse over the last year, said Dr. James Hakim, chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Zimbabwe, College of Health Sciences. This comes as the strife-torn country has […]

Further budget analysis from Global Center

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Yesterday we received more information about the budget proposal from President Obama.  There are some new details, such as his proposal to flat-fund US backing for the Global Fund.  His proposal does not add up, I am sorry to say, and it is not consistent with the Hyde-Lantos legislation the President co-sponsored last year.  Why […]

The 63 Billion Dollar Question

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This week the Obama Administration seemed to take a page from George Bush’s old playbook as the new Administration announces a very big sounding figure, $63 billion, for global health programs that help poor countries — when, in fact, the proposal obscures the real facts about the Obama budget, especially for FY 2010.