Monthly Archives: October 2019

50th Union World Conference on Lung Health: TB drug price drop aims to accelerate access to improved preventive therapy

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HYDERABAD, INDIA – A Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Unitaid and pharmaceutical company agreement will reduce the price of a three-month course of rifapentine – a key drug used in preventive therapy against tuberculosis – by 66% in 100 low- and middle-income countries, officials from Unitaid and pharmaceutical company Sanofi announced here […]

50th Union World Conference on Lung Health: NIH announces $30 million for research to spur TB vaccine development

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HYDERABAD, INDIA –  The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will dedicate $30 million in new funding to accelerate development of new vaccines against tuberculosis. The announcement of the funding, which will be used to establish centers of immunology research at U.S. institutions, came during the same session researchers announced that for the first time […]

50th Union World Conference on Lung Health: Vaccine candidate shows effectiveness in preventing active TB disease

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HYDERABAD, INDIA – The world is one major step closer to a vaccine against tuberculosis, researchers said here, with results from a clinical trial of an investigational candidate showing 50% efficacy in preventing latent TB infection from progressing to active TB disease that was sustained three years after the start of the study. “We have […]

More than 20 years after the advent of effective ART, hospitalizations, readmissions for HIV-related illnesses in southern U.S. highlight inequities

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With the discovery of combination antiretroviral treatment in 1996 came a remarkable turning point in the United States epidemic: Not only were people living with HIV living longer, they were staying out of the hospital, with admissions of people whose immune systems had been devastated by the virus dropping steadily, and lengths of stay for […]

What we’re reading: Harm in immigrant detention facilities and what needs to happen when children die in U.S. custody

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A natural death: The political battlefield of infections and migrant children’s bodies – Tracing the events surrounding the death of eight-year-old Felipe Alonso Gomez in U.S. custody, Dr. Mark Travassos makes a compelling case for advocacy and action to expose and end harrowing violations of health and human rights in immigrant detention facilities. From the […]

Integrating services means thinking outside silos

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The following is a guest post by Jay Gribble of Health Policy Plus and Alyson Lipsky of RTI and Health Policy Plus Donors, implementers, and governments alike have pursued health service delivery integration to achieve cost-efficient health outcomes. Yet, often driven by the needs of a specific health issue, programs are put into silos without […]

DRC Ebola PHEIC continues amid ongoing obstacles while vaccine approval represents “major milestone” for future responses

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While the committee examining the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo emerged today from its 5th meeting with the conclusion that transmissions of the virus there continues to pose a public health emergency of international concern (or PHEIC), news on the vaccine used to control the outbreak represented game-changing developments for the control […]

WHO TB 2019 report: Unprecedented political commitment leads to unprecedented progress

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But with a $3.3 billion shortfall in funding, gaps in treatment and prevention among the most vulnerable still take 4,000 lives a day For the first time, political commitment “at the highest level” has joined against the world’s deadliest infectious disease, the World Health Organization’s tuberculosis response leader noted today, unveiling the agency’s 2019 Global […]

What we’re reading: An article, a platform and a petition urge presidential candidates to prioritize responses to diseases and the inequities that drive their spread

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Ending Pandemics: U.S. Foreign Policy to Mitigate Today’s Major Killers, Tomorrow’s Outbreaks, and The Health Impacts of Climate Change – This analysis in the Journal of International Affairs makes the case that the leadership needed to confront the most dangerous global health threats, including the pandemics to come, and the factors that will fuel them, […]

PLACE supports focus on local HIV drivers, answers

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The following is a guest post By Sharon Weir, Ph.D. of MEASURE Evaluation The Priorities for Local AIDS Control Efforts  — PLACE –method aims to improve our understanding of the drivers of local HIV epidemics, identify gaps in services available to those most likely to acquire and transmit HIV, and provide evidence that can support […]