Monthly Archives: December 2011

Budget cuts threaten Military HIV Research Program

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The U.S. military’s contributions to global health and the HIV response might not be well publicized, but advocates tried to change that Friday by hosting a Capitol Hill briefing touting the accomplishments of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) Military HIV Research Program (MHRP) – a $175 million program supported by the Department of Defense and other entities that is vulnerable to cuts in the fiscal year 2012 funding battle currently taking place on the Hill…

U.S. promotes gay rights abroad, urges lagging nations to fall in line

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the Obama administration’s new foreign policy to support the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) internationally this week. Clinton made the remarks in recognition of International Human Rights Day Tuesday from Geneva, Switzerland. “Building on efforts already underway at the State Department and across the government, […]

CDC releases new 12-dose treatment guidelines for latent TB infection

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention unveiled new guidelines Thursday for the treatment of latent tuberculosis infection in the U.S. with a 12-dose regimen, administered once-weekly under directly observed therapy. The current regimen requires daily drug administration over nine months, making the new treatment simpler and easier for patients. People with LTBI are infected […]

Public funding for neglected diseases takes a hit in 2010, public health advances in jeopardy

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A group that tracks funding for neglected diseases released its fourth annual report Wednesday, showing for the first time since 2007 a decrease in government and public spending in global health research and development. The Global Funding of Innovation for Neglected Diseases (G-FINDER) survey report, conducted by Policy Cures and funded by the Bill & […]

Paul Farmer on building up Haiti – a long-term investment

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“We need equity strategies to deliver the vaccines, diagnostics [and] therapeutics to those that need them most,” said Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, of Harvard Medical School and Partners in Health (PIH) speaking at the 60th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Tuesday afternoon in Philadelphia. He showed a picture of […]

Why integrate HIV/AIDS and neglected infectious disease control and prevention?

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Neglected infectious disease (NID) experts discussed opportunities for and challenges to integrating HIV/AIDS and NID control and prevention interventions Tuesday at the 60th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in Philadelphia. While both are important, NIDs affect one-third of the world’s population,” said Judd Walson, MD, MPH of the University […]

UNAIDS and PEPFAR Mount Campaign for Medical Male Circumcision Scale-Up in Eastern and Southern Africa

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UNAIDS and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) launched a five-year action framework to accelerate scale up of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention at the 16th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in Africa (ICASA) Monday. The World Health Organization, UNAIDS, PEPFAR, the Bill & Melinda […]

More common, potentially deadly strain of malaria threatens Asia, Latin America

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Investigators from the University of Oxford’s Malaria Atlas Project (MAP) presented their investigation of disease burden of Plasmodium vivax – a more common and potentially deadly strain of malaria that is harder for the body to get rid of – that is taking hold in parts of Asia and Latin America. The team’s map, which […]

Certain HIV medications reduce risk of malaria in HIV-infected children

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A protease inhibitor (PI)-based antiretroviral regimen has been found to reduce the risk of malaria co-infection among young children in Uganda. Investigator Jane Achan, of Makerere University College of Health Sciences in Kampala, Uganda, announced the findings during a late-breaker session Monday at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene’s 60th Annual Meeting in […]

Sachs on Global Fund Round 11 cuts: “It’s game over for the Millennium Development Goals”

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Jeffery Sachs, PhD – the director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and special advisor to Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon – called on the membership of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene to take urgent action Sunday evening. Sachs gave the opening plenary address during the organization’s 60th Annual […]