Monthly Archives: April 2013

Report from Maputo: Workshop to Scale Up TB/HIV Activities

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Maputo, Mozambique – The regional meeting to scale up collaborative TB/HIV activities in Africa kicked off in Maputo last week with presentations scheduled for 14 African country representatives to share progress and challenges in confronting TB/HIV co-infection in the most highly impacted region of the world. Less half of HIV-infected individuals being treated for TB […]

A modest proposal and mixed messages, treatment for mothers, and counting TB

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After filling our heads with numbers this week in the wake of the Obama administration’s release of its FY 14 budget request, we’ll keep it simple, with a picture that’s worth a thousand words, some recent pieces that remind us of what the fraction of a percent of the budget spent on global health can […]

Paul Kasonkomona: A Zambian HIV treatment activist takes on homophobia and silence

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Paul Kasonkomona’s struggle took him from saving up money for his own funeral, to the struggle for treatment access Several years before police in Zambia arrested Paul Kasonkomona this week for telling a national television audience that the nation  needs to decriminalize homosexuality and recognize its gay population, a widely distributed Zambian government-issued report made […]

Obama 2014 budget: Continued support for Global Fund, paired with PEPFAR cut leave Blueprint goals in question

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The Obama administration released its proposed budget for fiscal year 2014, with numbers that show a continued commitment to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, but also a continued drop in funding for the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief. The budget allows $1.65 billion for the Global Fund, the same amount […]

Ambitious endgames, continued challenges assessed at global health briefing book launch

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Deaths from AIDS were peaking in Zambia in 1998, when Robert Clay arrived there. The epidemic there had been recorded for more than a decade, but the antiretroviral treatment that was saving livesfor the last two years in affluent countries, remained unavailable to Zambians. The house where Clay lived was on the road to the […]

With medical research imperiled, thousands gather in D.C. calling for “More progress! More hope! More Life!”

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The rallying cry of “More Progress! More Hope! More Life!” may have been the most concise way to sum up the scope of what brought an estimated 8,000 people to downtown Washington,DC, this morning, as the breadth of the tragedies, ordeals and triumphs they represented was world wide, and as long as memory. Speakers, as […]

Public discussion of IOM report highlights shortfall: Children not included in treatment success

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It was a dissonant note in an otherwise largely congratulatory event. The setting was a public discussion this week of the Institute of Medicine’s report on the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, and as report committee chair Robert Black had pointed out that morning, PEPFAR has proven that health services can be delivered on […]

As anti-prostitution pledge heads to Supreme Court, public health leaders file brief against it

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The case of the “anti-prostitution pledge” heading for the Supreme Court this month focuses on whether the requirement that groups funded by the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief create policies “explicitly” condemning prostitution is compatible with the First Amendment. A brief filed Wednesday in the case asks also if the requirement is compatible with […]

Studies indicate potential for HIV self-testing to raise numbers knowing status

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What if people everywhere could find out if they have HIV without having to sidle into a testing site, without having to face the judgement of another person, and without worrying the whole neighborhood would learn about their test and its results? Dr. Nitika Pant Pai of McGill University believes that without those barriers more […]

AVAC talk: As headlines raise hopes, cure researchers manage expectations and challenges

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There was a time, not long ago, that talk of a cure for HIV was so unrealistic that the topic was all but taboo. More recently talk of an HIV cure is the topic of headlines. First came Timothy Brown, “the Berlin Patient,” free of replicable HIV for more than half a dozen years, since […]