Monthly Archives: January 2010

Physicians, Other Public Health Experts Decry Anti-Gay Bill in Uganda

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Nearly 1,500 physicians, scientists, and other global health leaders from the U.S. and around the world today called on Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to stop the Anti-Homosexuality Bill before his country’s Parliament. In a petition that drew signatures from clinicians, professors, researchers and students at leading US and international institutions, these experts said the Ugandan legislation […]

Goosby Promises "Steep" Scale Up of HIV Prevention Services

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Despite a nearly flat budget, US Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby today promised a “steep increase” in PEPFAR’s prevention activity, as the program pivots from an emergency US response to a broader long-term, country-driven endeavor. Indeed, Dr. Goosby signaled that PEPFAR will be as aggressive in scaling up prevention services in the next five years […]

New Study & Other Scary TB Stories

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If ever there was a time to be getting more vigilant, not less, about combating tuberculosis, it is now, as strains of this ancient bug are becoming more virulent and better able to dodge our medical weaponry. Take this disconcerting new study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and colleagues in China, […]

Helping Haiti

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“Please save my baby!” Jeudy Francia, a woman in her 20s, shrieked outside the St.-Esprit Hospital in the city on Wednesday. Her child, a girl about 4 years old, writhed in pain in the hospital’s chaotic courtyard, near where a handful of bodies lay under white blankets. “There is no one, nothing, no medicines, no […]

Annals Study: Promoting ART Adherence Saves Money

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When the World Health Organization called for earlier initiation of antiretroviral therapy, there was considerable hand-wringing among health economists about the increased costs associated with millions of additional HIV patients who would be newly eligible for HIV drugs under the revised treatment guidelines. But a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests, among […]

Sen. Wyden Ratchets Up Pressure on Uganda

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Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today went further than other US government officials have so far in threatening specific repercussions if Uganda does not abandon its draconian anti-gay legislation. At issue is the Anti-Homosexuality Bill set for consideration by the Ugandan Parliament that would impose life imprisonment or a death sentence for same-gender consensual sex and […]

PEPFAR's Five-Year Strategy Explained, Sort of

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In a 90 minute meeting with HIV advocates and implementers today, Ann Gavaghan spent almost as much time explaining what PEPFAR’s new five-year strategy does not mean as what it does mean. The term “increased efficiencies” is not some code for budget cuts, Gavaghan promised, but rather a mandate to maximize the impact of PEPFAR […]

New Study On HIV Transmission and Breastfeeding Should Inform US Global Health Policy

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The link between HIV/AIDS and child and maternal health just got more inextricable. According to a study of HIV-positive mothers and babies in Zambia, published this week in Clinical Infectious Diseases, early weaning of uninfected infants more than doubled the risk of death among those children. The study suggests, in other words, that antiretroviral therapy […]

New MDR-TB Study Highlights the Promise of R&D in Fight Against Deadly Bug

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In a small new study, researchers found that linezolid, an antibiotic first approved in 2000, may be an effective component in the treatment of multidrug-resistant drug-resistant tuberculosis. But as previous research of this drug has suggested, linezolid is far from a perfect cure for the global epidemic of drug-resistant TB, and the findings reinforce the […]

NPR Looks at US Global AIDS Strategy

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The Center for Global Health Policy’s director, Christine Lubinski, is quoted in this recent NPR story that examines the Obama Administration’s approach to combating global AIDS. The piece, which also includes an interview with US Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby, delves into the Administration’s plans for building developing-country capacity (and responsibility) for AIDS programs and […]