What We’re Reading

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What we’re reading this week is here. Feedback welcome.

  • A special section in Science Magazine this week looks at HIV infection in Russia and Ukraine, examining the spread of the disease in the two countries. A photo gallery accompanies the series, highlighting researchers, clinicians, advocates, and affected communities.  Russia and Ukraine together account for 90% of HIV infection in Eastern Europe.
  • Two medical students released an opinion piece this week on the Global Health Initiative that opposes the Initiative’s funding of maternal and child health at the expense of HIV/AIDS, arguing that global health programs should instead be supported together.  See our post on this yesterday for more analysis. From the commentary:

The idea that differing global health initiatives must compete with each other lacks not only ethical legitimacy but also scientific merit. We believe that MCH need not be framed in opposition to PEPFAR. Confronting illness in isolation – whether by funding PEPFAR at the expense of programs that target MCH or vice versa – cannot be our way forward. Given the intimate connection between HIV/AIDS and MCH, we affirm supporting PEPFAR and MCH programs together.

  • Drugs already in development against tuberculosis could also help treat deadly tropical diseases, such as Chagas, African sleeping sickness and leishmaniasis. More details are available in the Reuters story.
  • A VOA article looks at HIV/TB co-infection in Lesotho, where 80 to 90 percent of TB patients also have HIV. The article quotes Dr. Lee Reichman, a pulmonologist who has worked with TB for 40 years. “TB is everybody’s problem, and to control TB anywhere, you have to control TB everywhere.” The video version of the story accompanies this post.

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