Monthly Archives: October 2009

Uganda’s Minister of Health Worries About A Slowdown in US Commitment to Fighting AIDS

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Uganda’s Minister of Health recently told leading U.S. decision makers that “concern is growing across the African continent about a slowdown in U.S. assistance” to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic. In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Dr. Stephen Mallinga says any weakening in U.S. support or funding for PEPFAR and the Global Fund […]

Goosby Talks to VOA about Impact of Economic Downturn on Global AIDS Programs

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ScienceSpeaks readers will not want to miss this Voice of America interview with Dr. Eric Goosby, the US global AIDS coordinator, who addresses, among other issues, the Administration’s commitment to PEPFAR amid the economic downturn. This Goosby interview comes as the International AIDS Society released this statement warning world leaders not to mistake progress in HIV treatment scale-up […]

Where Will PEPFAR Find 140,000 New Health Care Workers?

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It seems there are still more questions than answers about how PEPFAR will achieve a key milestone—recruiting and retaining 140,000 new health care workers over the next five years in countries hard hit by the AIDS epidemic. Congress included that provision when lawmakers reauthorized PEPFAR last year, part of a broader effort to strengthen developing […]

A Timely Reminder of Fauci's Call for a Transformative TB Research Agenda

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What will come of Anthony Fauci’s call for a “transformative” research agenda for tuberculosis, in which doctors and scientists get new resources and support in the search for better drugs and diagnostics to combat this ancient scourge? Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, delivered that appeal for a more aggressive approach […]

100th Antiretroviral Drug approved by FDA for PEPFAR

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Federal officials today celebrated the approval of the 100th antiretroviral drug authorized under an expedited regulatory framework created five years ago, as a way to fast-track the delivery of cheap HIV drugs to the developing world through the PEPFAR program. A panel discussion, held at the Pan American Health Organization Headquarters to mark the milestone, […]

South African Scientist's Visit to Washington Brings Fresh Attention to Global HIV & TB

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As ScienceSpeaks readers know, the Center for Global Health Policy brought Dr. Robin Wood, director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre at the University of Cape Town, to Washington last week for a series of policy meetings, community forums and press interviews. The media effort has already paid off with fresh attention to the twin […]

HIV & TB Specialists Needed

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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 by epidemics, violence, […]

A Different Take on TB Rates Among South African Children

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If you look at the World Health Organization’s most recent statistics on tuberculosis among children in South Africa, the data doesn’t set off any alarm bells. But Dr. Robin Wood, director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre at the University of Cape Town, says that’s because the WHO isn’t looking at right the set of […]