Monthly Archives: September 2016

Without new funding by Oct. 1, Zika responses will be limited, HHS says

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Zika’s reach expands in neighboring countries and domestically, while search for intersection of politics and public health continues . . . On one hand, you have the depletion of funds allocated for implementing the Affordable Care Act and controlling Ebola, a barrier to funds for family planning services, a continued cap on Medicaid spending in […]

Meeting the enemy of antimicrobial resistance (and it is us), replenishing the Global Fund, and the return to Durban . . . we’re reading about the issues behind the conferences

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Ahead of the fifth conference to replenish the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria this week, and the United Nations high-level meeting next week to confront the global threat of antimicrobial resistance, we’re brushing up on the background and implications of the events. We’re also taking a look back, with a round-up of […]

WHO HIV guidelines adopted last where they would make the biggest difference, study finds

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Analysis of national policies also notes that implementation lag also leads to missed prevention and life-saving opportunities When the World Health Organization issued an early update to its HIV treatment guidelines in September 2015, the new recommendations drew on years of mounting evidence that immediate antiretroviral treatment for people diagnosed with the virus saves lives, […]

U.S. pledges to Global Fund

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Global Fund, World Bank to collaborate on universal health coverage in Africa The United States. pledged up to $4.3 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria last week for the 2017-2019 funding cycle, ahead of the fifth replenishment of the Global Fund to be held in Montreal, Canada, this month. As […]

WHO review connects Zika to paralyzing disorder, microcephaly

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Cause for Congressional inaction remains unclear An evaluation of studies completed through July indicates that Zika virus infection is a trigger for the paralyzing Guillain Barre Syndrome, and a cause of congenital brain abnormalities that include microcephaly, the World Health Organization announced today in an updated statement on links between the continuing spread of the […]

Senate stalls Zika funding while WHO, researchers deliver daunting updates

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The World Health Organization released new recommendations Tuesday, advising men and women who have traveled to areas of active Zika transmission, whether symptomatic or not, to use condoms or abstain from sex  for six months. That’s the length of time previously advised only for males who did show symptoms of Zika infection, and almost as […]

Congress took a break; infectious diseases didn’t

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Findings show added Zika impacts, need for continued attention to Ebola Like a television series that ended the previous season with a cliffhanger, the U.S. Congress this week will pick up exactly where action froze in the early summer with a still unanswered February White House request for emergency Zika funding. But unlike the action […]