Author Archives: Rabita Aziz

TB High Level Meeting: U.S. announces $35 million for initiative to catalyze funding to eliminate TB

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New York – The U.S. Agency for International Development will reprogram $35 million of existing USAID funding to develop a new business model for catalyzing increased investments for the global tuberculosis response, USAID Administrator Mark Green announced here during the UN High Level Meeting on TB. The Global Accelerator to End TB initiative will help countries […]

TB High Level Meeting: Global leaders pledge to find and treat 40 million people with tuberculosis by 2022

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NEW YORK – Heads of states and ministers of health gathered today at the United Nations General Assembly for the first UN High Level Meeting addressing global tuberculosis with a commitment to finding and treating 40 million people sick with tuberculosis and to preventing the infection in 30 million people by 2022. After months of sometimes […]

TB High Level Meeting: Human rights violations drive TB epidemic, leaders say

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New York – Every aspect of getting diagnosed and treated for tuberculosis violated rights established by the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a former patient said at a side event here Monday. From being denied employment to housing to access to quality care, the patient, Abdulai Sesay said, the TB response in his […]

TB High Level Meeting: Leaders call for commitments, cash and innovation to end global impacts of tuberculosis

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NEW YORK – National leaders gathering here this week should not be thinking about whether they have the money needed to end the global public health threat of TB, South African Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi said Sunday. Rather, he said, they should be asking if they can afford not to act. Motsoaledi was one […]

AIDS 2018: Expanded Mexico City policy built barriers to HIV services, researchers say

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AMSTERDAM – Shards of glass, hot oil, sticks – those are some of the tools women and girls are reportedly using to terminate unwanted pregnancies in Kenya now that many have lost access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services. They are on their own now thanks to the Trump Administration’s reinstatement and expansion of the […]

AIDS 2018: Laws meant to end demand for sex work increases workers’ HIV risks, researchers say

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AMSTERDAM – Laws and policies that criminalize clients of sex workers put sex workers at higher risk of HIV infection, researchers said here on Thursday. Sex workers are at 10 times higher risk of becoming infected with HIV than the general population, researchers said. Sex work criminalization laws and so-called “end demand” policies – laws attempting to […]

AIDS 2018: Opioid medication treatment, outreach to sex workers rank among most cost effective HIV interventions, researchers say

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AMSTERDAM – Investments in opioid medication treatment, outreach to sex workers, medical circumcision and condom promotion are the most cost-effective prevention interventions in the global HIV response, but lack adequate funding and should be scaled up to achieve prevention targets, researchers said here today. Their study also found that antiretroviral therapy was a highly cost effective measure […]

AIDS 2018: Elton John announces HIV funding for LGBT and people who inject drugs in Eastern Europe, Central Asia

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AMSTERDAM – Non-governmental organizations in eastern Europe and central Asia providing essential HIV treatment and prevention services to populations who have been left behind in the global HIV response will soon get an infusion of resources to reach people who inject drugs and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. Singer and HIV activist Sir Elton John announced […]

AIDS 2018: Global health security, economic stability priorities for U.S. global TB response

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AMSTERDAM – Addressing the threats that tuberculosis  poses to global health security and economic stability is the highest prioritiy in the U.S. government’s global TB response, U.S. Agency for International Development’s chief of staff William Steiger said here on Sunday. Drug-resistant forms of TB account for one in four of antimicrobial resistant infections, Steiger said, demanding […]