Monthly Archives: July 2009

Cahn Addresses the Latest (Hot-Button) HIV Treatment Topics

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This post is by Center Director Christine Lubinski, reporting from the 2009 IAS conference in Cape Town. Pedro Cahn, president of Huésped Foundation, an Argentinean AIDS organization involved in HIV/AIDS clinical research, prevention and care, offered a refreshingly candid and provocative HIV treatment update as the second plenary speaker at the IAS conference today. Cahn, […]

HIV/TB Co-infection–The Deadly Duo Take Center Stage at IAS

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This post is by Center Director Christine Lubinski, reporting from the 2009 IAS conference in Cape Town. World renowned HIV/TB expert Dr. Gerry Friedland, a professor of medicine at Yale and a member of the Global Center’s Scientific Advisory Committee, opened this morning’s plenary session at the 2009 IAS conference by highlighting important operational research […]

Prioritize Fighting AIDS…or Health System Strengthening…Or Both?

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Last night I attended a session here in Cape Town that addressed the controversial issue of to what extent HIV/AIDS programs have helped strengthen the delivery of non-AIDS health services in developing countries. This has been a hot topic in the global health debate, in the wake of last-month’s release of a WHO-led study of […]

ID Doc Writes About the Power of Foreign Aid

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In an op-ed published this weekend by the Concord Monitor, Dr. Jodie Dionne-Odom, an IDSA member who has been working with the Center for Global Health Policy to boost support for US global AIDS and TB programs, recounted her first-hand experience seeing the power of PEPFAR at work in Africa. “The program has accomplished much […]

Aggressive New Approaches Needed on PMTCT

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This post is by Center Director Christine Lubinski, reporting from the 2009 IAS conference in Cape Town. Dramatic scale-up and innovative approaches are critically needed to improve prevention of mother-to-child transmission, Elaine Abrams, of Columbia University’s International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs, said at an IAS conference session on PMTCT today. In a […]

Kazatchkine Enters Fray of Health Systems vs. Global AIDS Debate

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Michel Kazatchkine, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, said that the Fund and PEPFAR are probably the most significant players in efforts to strengthening health systems. Speaking after an International AIDS Society workshop on the impact of HIV program on health systems, Kazatchkine sought to counter arguments that HIV […]

More Money for Health, and More Health for the Money

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This post is by Center Director Christine Lubinski, who is attending the 2009 IAS conference in Cape Town. Getting the most bang for your buck may be a cliché, but it’s probably a good one for these hard economic times. Stefano Bertozzi, founding director of the Division of Health Economics & Policy at Mexico’s National […]

MSF Report: ARV Shortage in Africa Threatens Progress on Global AIDS

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Just before the 2009 International AIDS conference got underway, Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) released a report detailing HIV drug shortages in Africa that could threaten to unravel the fragile gains made in recent years putting patients on treatment across the developing world. The MSF report says that “disruptions in the supply of anti-retroviral […]

Goosby and Fauci Outline New US Approach to Global AIDS

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This post is by Center Director Christine Lubinski, who is attending the 2009 IAS conference in Cape Town. There was no shortage of hot-button questions for Dr. Eric Goosby, the new US Global AIDS Coordinator, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, at the International AIDS Conference today. […]