Monthly Archives: February 2012

Research to combat dual epidemics: A conversation with CDC’s Jordan Tappero

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Science Speaks is delving into the global HIV and tuberculosis research and development efforts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with a series of interviews with staffers who are key to the success of their programs. For the fourth interview in the series, we spoke with Jordan W. Tappero, MD, MPH, who […]

Clinton testimony short on details about global health budget requests

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  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified Tuesday in front of the Senate State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee in defense of President Obama’s proposal for national security and foreign policy priorities in the fiscal year (FY) 2013 international affairs budget, including U.S. investments in global health. “Through the Global Health Initiative, we are […]

Community group cautions WHO on communication of its guidance on hormonal contraceptives and HIV

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The International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) expressed concern Monday over the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Technical Statement on Hormonal Contraceptives and HIV and its accompanying press release. WHO released the statement last week – concluding that women living with HIV or at high risk of HIV can safely continue to use hormonal […]

Why global health activists are fired up about Novartis

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The following is a guest blog post by Professor Brook Baker of Northeastern University’s School of Law, Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy, describing and commenting on pharmaceutical company Novartis’s court challenge to India’s strict standards of patenting medicine — standards that have increased access to affordable generic medications worldwide —  and the Novartis […]

Lives in the Balance: MSF report exposes threat of HIV and TB in Myanmar

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Nine-year-old Phoe Lone was diagnosed with HIV at the age of two, after both his parents passed away and he became increasingly ill.  He began receiving life-saving antiretroviral therapy (ART) one year later, one of the 23,000 people living with HIV in Myanmar who receive treatment from Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF).  Today, he is healthy. […]

Online panel discusses management of second-line anti-TB drugs

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The following is a guest blog post by Sophie Beauvais of The Global Health Delivery Project at Harvard University. Her post discusses the virtual panel discussion they are hosting this week on second-line anti-TB drug management with Dr. Lucica Ditiu from the Stop TB Partnership and several World Health Organization (WHO) experts. In the fight […]

Innovative programming to combat HIV, TB and cholera: A conversation with CDC’s John Vertefeuille

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In this third post in a series of conversations with officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discussing the CDC’s role in global HIV and tuberculosis research and development, Science Speaks sat down with John Vertefeuille, PhD – the country director for CDC in Haiti. There he leads a team of 55 and […]

Global Health Experts Discuss President’s FY2013 Budget

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At a webcast Wednesday, the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) invited global health experts to discuss President Obama’s fiscal year 2013 budget proposal and what it means for global health.  In particular, panelists attempted to address the implications of the President’s proposed $542.9 million cut from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in his fiscal year 2013 […]

Amb. Goosby on President’s Budget, Treatment as Prevention, New WHO Guidelines, and more

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The following is a compilation of recent articles and releases making headlines in HIV, TB and global health news. G-FINDER Public Search Tool: The G-FINDER Project sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is an annually updated database of global investment into neglected disease research and development.  Datasets for 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 […]

Protecting and Promoting the Sexual Rights of Women Living with HIV

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On Tuesday the U.S. Positive Women’s Network (PWN) hosted a webinar to discuss HIV-positive women’s sexual rights and to commemorate Valentine’s Day as a day to uphold the rights of HIV-positive women to have safe and satisfying sexual lives.  According to a fact sheet released by PWN, “An expression of love for women living with […]