Supporting Dr. Jim Kim’s World Bank nomination, incentivizing TB patient referral and testing, and more…

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The following is a collection of articles, commentary and resources making headlines recently in global health news.

Three Reasons Why the World Needs Dr. Jim Kim at the World Bank: Executive Director of RESULTS Joanne Carter penned this op-ed in the Huffington Post, outlining World Bank presidential nominee Dr. Jim Yong Kim’s professional dedication to fighting poverty, ability to take innovative approaches to combat disease incidence to scale, and the courage he has and needs to take on this challenging role. “Jim Kim is the right person for the job because he has a proven track record of innovating to improve the lives of the poorest, taking those innovations to scale, and challenging the conventional wisdom of how to fight poverty. Jim Kim is the right person for the job because his experience and perspective have uniquely prepared him for the task,” according to the op-ed.

PEPFAR’s Second Phase – Progress Stunted for Youth-Specific Prevention and Treatment: Advocates for Youth released this new report examining HIV prevention policies and programs for youth in the second phase of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Through a lens focused on policies and programs supporting young people, the authors look at PEPFAR’s legislative authority, its most recent five-year strategy and guidance documents, and all 21 PEPFAR country partnership frameworks. “At a time when young people ages 15-24 account for four in ten new HIV infections among adults,1 this in-depth review  finds that PEPFAR has made some important progress towards advancing young people’s sexual and reproductive health, but its policy environment for youth is characterized by omissions and inadequacy,” according to the executive summary.  The report concludes with a set of recommendations for PEPFAR leaders to embolden the program’s support of sexual and reproductive rights for youth.

A screen shot of the GeneXpert MTB/RIF demonstration video in the the Journal of Visualized Experiments.

Diagnosing Pulmonary Tuberculosis with the Xpert MTB/RIF Test: This article in the Journal of Visualized Experiments demonstrates how to use GeneXpert MTB/RIF rapid tuberculosis (TB) diagnostic, which was endorsed by the World Health Organization and can detect tuberculosis in less than two hours. Previous testing methods could take weeks to produce results. The video-protocol aims to train users and standardize the testing process.

AVAC publishes expanded set of VMMC tools available for advocates: AVAC (Global Health Advocacy for Prevention) has posted a new resource page for advocates on voluntary medical male circumcision, marking the five-year anniversary of VMMC “being recognized as a highly effective prevention strategy,” according to AVAC. The resources include advocate progress tracking tools, podcasts of interviews and essays highlighting the power of this prevention tool, fact sheets, slides and more. The resource page is meant to complement the Male Circumcision Clearinghouse site – an ongoing collaborative project of the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, FHI 360, AVAC and other organizations.

Incentives to private doctors who refer patients with TB: This article from the Hindustan Times describes a new program started by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to combat drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) by offering monetary benefits for private medical practitioners who refer suspected TB patients to the  civil TB program and who provide space for TB sputum testing. The move comes after Mumbai’s Hinduja Hospital reported more than a dozen cases of extensively drug-resistant TB in the past several months. According to the articl e more than 100 private doctors participated in a training session at a hospital in Kurla – most of whom signed a memorandum of understanding to partner with the BMC program.

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