Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

COVID-19: Groups urge Congress to provide emergency funding needed for domestic, global coronavirus responses

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A coalition of medical, health care, health policy and other groups are calling on the United States Congress to swiftly and meaningfully fund emergency multifaceted domestic and international responses to contain the novel coronavirus that now has spread to 61 countries and led to more than 3,000 deaths worldwide. In a letter to House and […]

Covid-19: As State Department recommends travelers “reconsider” Asia cruise ship travel, CDC separate case count of “repatriated”

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Moves come as WHO DG Tedros warns amid sluggish international funding response that “the window of opportunity” to control coronavirus spread is “narrowing” Reflecting rising concerns of community spread in countries outside of China, and a more than doubling of U.S. cases with the return of Americans from the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was […]

With vaccine rates stalled, measles outbreaks deliver deadly, debilitating impacts worldwide

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DRC, Liberia, Madagascar, Somalia and Ukraine account for nearly half of global measles cases Measles incidence increased in five regions around the world between 2016 and 2018, while deaths from disease rose from 2017 to 2018, data released jointly by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization today show. […]

Lot quality assurance sampling saves time, money while providing valuable information on HIV services

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The following is a guest post by David Boone, Ph.D., of MEASURE Evaluation Most HIV monitoring and evaluation folks are familiar with the challenges of keeping track of the number of patients currently on treatment, and the data quality problems that result from poor record keeping. Patients need to be followed perpetually, and they come […]

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 […]

A “Big IDea” takes infectious disease education and advocacy to Washington

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A day before the opening of the  joint annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, the HIV Medical Association, and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society in Washington, DC, about 70 infectious diseases and HIV specialists, researchers and clinicians came to town for a day of educating their […]

Country’s effort toward historic HCV elimination goal highlights challenges

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A small Eastern European country with limited resources and a high prevalence of hepatitis C, Georgia had factors in its favor in 2015, when it launched a historic effort to eliminate the virus. It had demonstrated both political will and technical capacities with an approach to universal access to health services that had led to […]

What we’re reading: An Ebola analysis and a Senate spending bill

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The Ebola Virus is Winning – This comprehensive analysis by J. Stephen Morrison of the Center for Strategic & International Studies explains how with unprecedented advantages of an effective vaccine and now proven treatments the 10th Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo continues to defy control and threaten the region. Continued political and […]

Treatment rationing, other structural barriers stand in the way of stopping spread of hepatitis C among people living with HIV, study finds

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When provinces in Canada lifted restrictions pegging eligibility for treatment for hepatitis C with direct-acting antivirals to the stage of the disease — or range of liver damage — to make the medicines universally accessible, the numbers of people who accessed the treatment nearly doubled, a study reported in Clinical Infectious Diseases found. New initiation […]

Modern military era provides paths for growing global health threats

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Haiti already faced a daunting path to recovery in the wake of the catastrophic 2010 earthquake that destroyed much of its capital city, with devastating damage to the nation’s health infrastructure, when UN peacekeeping forces came from Kathmandu came to provide support. Unknown to them, some had been infected with cholera in their previous posting, […]