Monthly Archives: April 2016

Health workers face tuberculosis risks up to three times those of general population, while infection control, worker protections lag

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The devastation of the last two years of the Ebola crisis in West Africa was made all the more daunting by a predictable aspect of its toll. The health workers who represented the best hope of controlling the outbreak were also at the greatest risk of illness and death. By the dwindling days of the […]

It’s the treatment, stupid . . . We’re reading why medicine is the best medicine for infectious diseases

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Why Africa’s HIV crisis continues . . . – This opinion piece by Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson is troubling both in its assumptions and its glaring omissions. As a key Bush Administration advocate for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, Gerson is familiar with the conditions and challenges that have fueled the […]

UN Special Session on “the world drug problem” just says no . . .

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Health and human rights concerns “considered” but not confronted in UNGASS drug policy document To leaders of global infectious disease responses and advocates of human rights, the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session on international drug policies represented an opportunity to correct a course of public health harm and failure set by a half-century […]

Report proposes innovative approaches to spurring global health innovations

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In 2003, a study published in the journal Nature told of a vaccine candidate that showed promise against Ebola when tried on monkeys. With funding or financial incentives, and the interest those might have prompted from large pharmaceutical companies, the next step would have been the development of the vaccine for use in humans, Dr. Peter Hotez of […]

A partnership to strengthen lab capacities, a poll presents Americans’ take on global outbreak responses and Zika, a new website, and more . . . We’re reading about health readiness

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Role of Public-Private Partnerships in Meeting Healthcare Challenges in Africa – When, shortly before the launch of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, a group of delegates visited some of the African countries most affected by the HIV  pandemic, their immediate focus was on how, finally, to provide access to antiretroviral treatment to […]

Draft of U.N. HIV political declaration released along with calls for comments

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Zero Draft on the Fast-Track to End AIDS in the age of Sustainable Development calls for integrated approaches, attention to neglected, marginalized and excluded populations, sets treatment targets Coordinators of the upcoming United Nations meeting on global HIV impacts and responses released a draft Tuesday of the political declaration on global responses to HIV to […]

Ill-informed, ineffective, discriminatory, and ideological, drug policies became prescription for public health disaster(s), report details

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The goal was “A drug-free world.” The certainty was “we can do it!” And behind the goal and the certainty was a view that illicit drugs threaten “the health and wellbeing of all mankind.” The setting was the 1998 U.N. General Assembly Special Assembly on drugs, late enough in the decades-long and ongoing international “war […]

Global health spending is up but at slower pace than during “golden age” of development assistance

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While the Obama Administration has requested the most funding yet for global health in its proposed budget for fiscal year 2017, the request reflects what continues to be a major slowdown of development assistance for health. Since 2010 total development assistance for health has grown only by one percent per year, compared to an 11.3 percent […]

CDC confirms Zika causes microcephaly, other birth defects

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Scientific criteria support unprecedented link between vector-borne illness and devastating birth defects, Frieden says, while efforts to quantify risks continue Saying data and an accumulation of evidence leave no further doubt about links between Zika infection and birth defects, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed today that infection with the mosquito-born virus during […]

Local issues are global issues . . . we’re reading about confronting global threats, on the ground realities

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Too soon to declare victory: “the end of the the AIDS epidemic” may be within reach, but . . . – “Leave No One Behind”  . . . “Protect and Uphold Human Rights”  . . . “Decriminalize HIV . . .”  “Ensure Treatment Access Now” . . . “Fully Finance a Comprehensive HIV Response” . […]