Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

Zika: An emergency evolves into an enduring public health threat with long-term demands

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“Many unknowns” continue to accompany the spread of the virus linked to neurological birth defects and Guillain Barre syndrome, while new questions surround funding for research, responses and the collateral damage of delays In Brazil, where the link between the Zika virus and babies born with microcephaly to women who had been infected during pregnancy […]

Project shows how to increase HIV treatment retention: Use the data you already have

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The following is a guest post by Kate Klein, Catherine Barker, Michelle Li, and Nena do Nascimento Surprisingly little emphasis is placed on retention in care compared to other issues in the HIV sphere. For example, at the recent 2016 International AIDS Conference, only two of more than 200 sessions focused on this topic; and […]

Can big data fill gaps in epidemic awareness, responses? Researchers say yes, with caveats

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With social media, cell phone logs, online news reports and electronic medical records, researchers say, “big data” is getting bigger, and can go where traditional infectious disease surveillance can’t . . . The more that was learned about how and where Ebola was spreading during the 2014-2015 crisis in West Africa, the more quickly it […]

World’s largest Zika database shows most confirmed cases among younger women

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Puerto Rico case distribution consistent with observations in other Zika-infected settings, but not with other impacts of other mosquito-borne viruses, suggesting sexual transmission raises women’s risks Results from nearly a year of testing Puerto Rico residents with suspected Zika illness reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control today show more than 800 […]

Indicators measure progress towards providing family planning services at HIV clinics

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The following is a guest post by Mary Freyder, MPH of Community Health and Behavioral Health Department, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine The HIV epidemic disproportionately affects women of reproductive age, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, where nearly 60 percent of people living with HIV are women. In support of the global 90-90-90 targets, […]

White House issues executive order formalizing agency roles in Global Health Security Agenda

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“No single nation can be prepared if other nations remain unprepared to counter biological threats . . .” Executive Order Advancing the Global Health Security Agenda to Achieve a World Safe and Secure from Infectious Disease Threats, Nov. 4, 2016 Guided and monitored by a council of high-level representatives of at least a dozen U.S. […]