Monthly Archives: May 2013

As sequestration strikes disease fighting efforts, Defense Department’s role in global health is little understood

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With a role in global health responses and research so extensive that a chart outlining its efforts looks a little like a maze, the United States Department of Defense has to ground itself in “institutional humility” to integrate the roles of fellow agencies and foreign partners in international disease-fighting efforts, as one speaker put it.

What We’re Reading: Cutting aid, cutting human rights, cutting disease-fighting efforts, and more . . .

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UK to cut direct aid to South Africa – AIDS Alliance Response: While news that Britain plans to end direct aid to South Africa by 2015 was met with concern in opinion columns around the world, this piece from AIDS Alliance spells out why this will risk investments in the HIV response to date: the […]

HPTN Annual Meeting: Is “PopART” research, or just good health practice?

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It sounds obvious, urgent, and ambitious: Make HIV counseling and testing as well as links to subsequent care and prevention services universally available, and watch the numbers of new infections drop steeply.

Increasingly, Richard Hayes of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said Monday, it also sounds practical.

HPTN Annual Meeting: The story of Project Accept one of both process and results

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The HIV Prevention Trials Network is holding its annual meeting in Washington, DC this week, and Science Speaks is there, covering Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday sessions. As Tom Coates was getting ready to discuss the results of Project Accept, a 10-year study of the impact of community involvement HIV efforts on community-wide HIV incidence, he […]

HPTN Annual Meeting: “One thing begets another . . .” from questions, to discoveries, to policy

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The HIV Prevention Trials Network is holding its annual meeting in Washington, DC this week, and Science Speaks is there, covering Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday sessions. Can community involvement in HIV testing make an impact on the stigma that has clung to the disease and hindered treatment? Can paying teenage girls to stay in school […]

A tour of cure news, a request for proposals, the facts about HIV treatment, and more

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‘Cured of AIDS’? Not yet: This New York Times article by Donald McNeil captures the excitement spurring HIV cure research and the significance of recent developments, and spells out the ways that knowledge about how virus works continues to grow. It is more accessible than the research presentations that announced these advances, more comprehensive than […]

Panel members: Policy stemming from PEPFAR evaluation needs to integrate “earthquake” that happened in its midst

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When a report evaluating the impact of the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief produces recommendations that give little weight to the most recent major scientific breakthrough in HIV research, what will its impact on policy be? That ended up being one of the central questions in a panel discussion April 30, at the Center […]

Physicians, researchers, advocates tell Obama and Congress: Gaps in President’s budget request will reverse gains

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Three weeks after President Obama’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2014 appeared, sustaining support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria, while cutting funds to the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, and hacking global TB funding, physicians, scientists, and global health advocates are weighing in. And while United States Agency for […]

Legislators to Shah: Really? Cuts to TB, HIV efforts aren’t a problem?

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In the budget-cutting environment that characterizes the current Congress, it is not often you will see legislators from both parties urging a foreign aid director to voice the need for more funds, but that is what happened last week. While members of Congress emphasized during hearings last week the importance of robust U.S. support for […]