Author Archives: Antigone Barton

What we’re reading: Latest DRC Ebola outbreak poses new challenges, highlights ongoing R & D, training and resource needs

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Sustained US preparedness needed for Ebola and other pan-epidemic threats – Dr. Daniel Lucey of Georgetown University’s O’Neil Institute is familiar both with the on-the-ground obstacles to preventing the spread of disease with pandemic potential, and the on-the-ground consequences of delayed or inadequate responses. Having completed two volunteer stints caring for patients during the 2013-2016 […]

Ebola vaccine launch in North Kivu highlights urgency of seizing opportunities, closing health security gaps

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Ebola vaccine deployment reflects progress, need for ongoing strides in surveillance, laboratory resources, training Research toward the development of an Ebola vaccine had languished for more than a decade when the gravity of the outbreak in West Africa was recognized in 2014. Although the virus, and its potential to spread quickly and devastatingly in remote […]

New DRC Ebola outbreak poses high country-level, regional-level risks, WHO says

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“Tracking a deadly high threat pathogen across a war zone” puts response “at the top of the degree of difficulty scale” Risk of global spread remains low The context of the Ebola outbreak just announced in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province is “very different” from the context of the outbreak just declared […]

Use of Xpert TB diagnostic tool linked to lower death rates from all causes among HIV patients entering care in Malawi study

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Study randomized clinics to use Xpert or fluorescence microscopy for patients newly diagnosed with HIV showing TB symptoms  Among patients newly diagnosed with HIV and showing signs of tuberculosis disease, death rates in the year that followed were 22 percent lower among those in rural clinics assigned to use the Xpert point-of-care TB diagnostic tool, […]

AIDS 2018: Harm reduction, human rights, meaningful involvement of most affected get focus, raise questions of commitment

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While the next conference is set to be hosted in the United States, answers lie with those still excluded, speakers and protesters agree . . . AMSTERDAM – With growing epidemics in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, as well as continuing barriers to health services for marginalized populations everywhere serving as stubborn reminders that opportunities […]

AIDS 2018: Safe injecting sites open public health opportunities across Europe

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AMSTERDAM – A man who came to the Uniting Medically Supervised Injection Centre at Kings Cross in the epicenter of Sydney Australia’s conjoined epidemics of infectious diseases and opioid use, was in his late 30s, homeless, with a long history of injecting drugs, and of hepatitis C infection. Seizures, as many as several a week, frequently […]

AIDS 2018: Series of community-wide HIV household surveys have shown directions, possibilities, PEPFAR leader says

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Core policies, including around health system user fees. must evolve in response, Amb. Birx says, adding that fees discriminate against people living in poverty AMSTERDAM – Marking progress toward the goals projected as critical to gaining sustainable control of HIV worldwide, household surveys administered across communities in 15 African countries have shown that reaching the goals […]