Monthly Archives: September 2010

Funding available for HIV/AIDS programs addressing MSM in Africa

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The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) is soliciting proposals for funding for projects that address HIV/AIDS among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Africa.  Awards of up to $20,000 are available to grassroots organizations in low and middle income African countries with budgets less than $1 million. Desired proposals include innovative HIV/AIDS-related, community-led […]

ID research group in Zambia: We need more resources

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Director of  The Center for Global Health Policy Christine Lubinski recalls her recent trip to South Africa and Zambia, where she and other Center staff hosted five congressional staff members on tours of U.S. government funded programs to address HIV and TB.  Additional resources are essential to scale up prevention and treatment to ultimately reach the tipping point of […]

New test IDs TB infections in less than 2 hours

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A new, automated nucleic acid–amplification test might take the time to diagnose TB infection, even a drug resistant strain, down to 90 minutes. That’s according to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine Wednesday. The Xpert MTB/RIF tests for Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) and resistance to rifampin (RIF), a powerful anti-TB drug. Trial […]

An HIV-positive mother’s plight in Zambia

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The Center’s Rabita Aziz describes a visit to Livingstone General Hospital’s antiretroviral therapy (ART) ward in Zambia during a recent Congressional delegate trip to Africa. In a dark room so small and cramped that the door won’t even close, Ndabila Singango, a provincial clinical mentor employed by the Center for Infectious Disease Research of Zambia (CIDRZ), tests […]

Interviews with Zambian experts on HIV/AIDS & TB issues

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While in Lusaka, Zambia with our congressional study tour, I had a chance to speak with some of the leading community activists about issues of concern related to the treatment financing gap, their input into agreements being negotiated between the U.S. and Zambia, and the urgency of Zambia’s pending application to the Global Fund for […]