Monthly Archives: March 2010

Promising New TB Drugs Put on a Fast Track

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This afternoon, Dr. Mel Spigelman, president and CEO of the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development, and other leading TB advocates will join with FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to launch a new initiative designed to accelerate the development and approval of life-saving new treatments for tuberculosis. There are now at least 9 promising new TB […]

A Research To-Do List for Improving HIV Treatment and Prevention in Women and Children

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What is the best way to scale up and improve HIV treatment, care, and prevention for women and children? The International AIDS Society tries to answer that pressing question with today’s release of a “comprehensive research agenda” focused specifically on addressing HIV knowledge gaps related to women and children. The IAS document, called “Asking the […]

Mark Dybul on HIV & Health Systems

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Dr. Mark Dybul, the former U.S. Global Coordinator for AIDS and the first director of PEPFAR, took note of our recent post outlining concerns about the Obama Administration’s new focus on health system strengthening. He weighed in with this very interesting post, saying that flat-funding AIDS treatment in Africa will harm overall medical services. Dybul’s blog came […]

NIH, PEPFAR Look to Strengthen Medical Education In Africa

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has teamed up with several other US government agencies to launch a new initiative to strengthen medical education in sub-Saharan Africa. This new program, called the Medical Education Partnership Initiative, is a joint effort by PEPFAR, the CDC, the Department of Defense, and other agencies. It is an effort […]

Dr. Mugyenyi Discusses Potential Perils of Health System Strengthening at the Expense of HIV/AIDS

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The most griping message from Dr. Peter Mugyenyi this week was, of course, his stories about HIV patients in desperate need of treatment being turned away, including pregnant and breastfeeding women who risked passing the deadly virus on to their babies. As director of Uganda’s Joint Clinical Research Center, the largest PEPFAR implementer in East […]

"Don't Take Us Back"

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Just as HIV experts are beginning to see new hope in beating the AIDS epidemic, a funding crisis threatens to throw us back a decade or more in the effort to combat this deadly virus. Dr. Peter Mugyenyi and other HIV experts delivered this forceful message to U.S. lawmakers today at a hearing before the […]

With Star Witnesses, Senate Panel Shines Spotlight on U.S. Global Health Priorities

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Two global health heavyweights—Bill Clinton and Bill Gates—testified before a key Senate committee today, urging lawmakers to provide more U.S. funding to combat scourges such as HIV and tuberculosis. In opening remarks, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, stressed the importance of funding global health programs and cited the success […]

Ugandan HIV Expert Gives First-Hand Account of Implications of PEPFAR Flat-funding

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This week, Dr. Peter Mugyenyi is visiting Washington from Uganda, where he directs the Joint Clinical Research Center, the largest PEPFAR implementer in East Africa. Dr. Mugyenyi was one of a half-dozen people in the room when PEPFAR was conceived back in 2003. As one of the program’s most eloquent supporters, Dr. Mugyenyi has recently […]

Guest post: Laura Hoemeke on women and health

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Laura Hoemeke is Director of Strategic Communications at IntraHealth International, based in Chapel Hill, N.C. This post follows a discussion Monday at Aspen Institute on women’s health. The Aspen Institute’s Ministerial Leadership Initiative panel discussion on Women and Health taught, or maybe reminded me, of three important lessons, among countless others. First, as Dr. Susan […]