Monthly Archives: February 2013

WHO Bulletin review of TB and illicit drug use calls for five “urgent measures”

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Sharing drug equipment that includes water pipes, often living in close quarters, frequently imprisoned, and facing greater than average rates of other health conditions including alcoholism, hepatitis B and C, as well as HIV, people who use illicit drugs have higher than average odds of getting tuberculosis infection and disease, with outbreaks of drug-resistant strains […]

Study: Universal testing and treatment in sub-Saharan Africa would pay off in education cost savings alone

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In April 2000, an education professor at the University of Zambia sized up the still growing impact of the HIV epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa and wrote: “Notwithstanding the catastrophic effects that are already being experienced, the full consequences of the pandemic are still to be felt. The storm has been gathering for two decades. In […]

Global health spending wanes, but abides, while not always following disease

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Drops in donor spending on global health in 2011 were not as steep as expected and were part of a shift, that while reflecting the impact of the global economic crisis, also indicated recognition of the need to support health and health systems worldwide. This is the news that gives a nuanced answer to the […]

“The beauty of this place,” case studies, cost-effectiveness, and more . . .

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“What I love about the Senate”: “I love that instead of fighting against each other, Bill Frist, the former Republican leader, and I were able to join forces to fight HIV and AIDS around the globe and to convince an unlikely conservative named Jesse Helms to support and pass a bill unanimously that has saved […]

TB vaccine trial: “A stepping stone on a very long journey”

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In the wake of announcing clinical trial results that showed  a candidate for a tuberculosis vaccine was safe, but did not protect babies from infection and disease, researchers are emphasizing what they have learned, and how it might yet pave the way for a long-term answer to the epidemic. The trial of MVA85A, a candidate […]

The Global State of Harm Reduction — discrimination, stigma, misunderstanding, misinformation keep response “shockingly low”

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What if there were an evidence-based, cost-effective approach to prevent HIV infections by tackling a risk that accounts for roughly one out of three HIV infections outside of sub-Saharan Africa, and an increasing proportion of HIV infections everywhere? You might think, in the budget-challenged times that donors and recipients in the global health landscape grapple […]

Physicians, scientists, advocates call on Kerry to push for funding that backs policy in global AIDS fight

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Saying they are “gravely concerned about reports that the Obama Administration’s FY 2014 budget requests for PEPFAR and the Global Fund fail to provide adequate resources,” researchers and physicians from programs, centers and institutions leading the international AIDS response sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry Friday, urging him to speak up for […]

Calling on Secretary Kerry, a primer on U.S. global health involvement, the AIDS fight on the ground, counterfeit condoms and more . . .

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Can John Kerry Fix the Administration’s AIDS Budget Problem? The Obama administration’s AIDS budget problem is one of choices that cancel each other out and erroneous perceptions, this piece by Matthew Kavanagh says. The choices — last year the administration’s budget proposal cut funding for PEPFAR, but gave some of that money to the Global […]