Author Archives: Antigone Barton

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, […]

IDWeek: Ending HIV as an epidemic will demand innovation, inclusion, an expanded workforce — and funding

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As the federal Ending the HIV epidemic takes form, experts talk details, challenges: “How do we get there from here?” WASHINGTON, DC – Nearly four decades into an epidemic that has taken the lives more than 700,000 people in America, still close to 40,000 people in this country are diagnosed with HIV here each year. […]

IDWeek 2019: Zika, STD talks underscore impacts of funding gaps, missed opportunities

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WASHINGTON, DC – You pay now, or you pay more later. That was one shared point of two named lectures here Thursday, as speakers told the stories of largely different epidemics with current, lasting and escalating impacts. In responses to both Zika and to sexually transmitted diseases, reductions or gaps in funding for services protecting […]

IDWeek 2019: When violent DRC conflict sidelines Ebola responders, a relentless epidemic, and innovation follow

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WASHINGTON, DC – It was August of 2018 when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention deployed public health officer Dr. Mary Choi to Beni as part of a small group responding to the outbreak of Ebola that had been recognized in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo in the beginning of the month. […]

IDWeek: From the start of a specialist society to the next pandemic, a focus on infections makes all the difference

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WASHINGTON, DC – In 1963, when a small group of doctors got together to talk about building infectious disease expertise with a professional organization, Dr. Ed Kass chose the role of meeting secretary. You can make sure things get done when you’re the secretary, he explained. In the Edward H. Kass lecture this morning, Dr. […]

IDWeek: Understanding the genome opens an age of opportunity and action

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WASHINGTON, DC – What if one fast-growing body of knowledge about the most essential part of our make-up could be tapped into to open new avenues to understanding, diagnosing, curing, preventing, even predicting the infections that make this a small world? That is what is happening now, National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins said […]

IDWeek 2019: In New York measles epidemic, the struggle to prevent, detect and respond to outbreaks comes home

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WASHINGTON, DC – At a session before this conference opened today, Dr. Jane Zucker of New York City’s health department asked for a show of hands. How many of those in the audience that almost filled the wide and long combined Salon G and H, had seen a case of measles, she wanted to know. […]