Author Archives: Guest Writer

Activist confronts the “father” of drug-resistant TB

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The following is a guest post by Abigail Mudd, MPH A human rights lawyer and two-time tuberculosis survivor, Timur Abdullaev is an international TB activist. He owes his life, he says, to treatment supported by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and now he also depends on the multilateral initiative for his […]

Ripple effect mapping helps optimize value of interventions

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The following is guest post by Brittany Iskarpatyoti of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill When you drop a rock into a pool of water, how far do the ripples go? Do they roll out deliberately and gently, creeping to the edges of the water or do they form sharp ridges that quickly […]

Zanzibar study shows routine health information systems data can help malaria prevention efforts

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The following is a guest post by Ruth Ashton of MEASURE Evaluation CHAPEL HILL, NC―A new study released today in the Lancet’s eClinicalMedicine shows that routine health management information systems are an important tool for determining the impact of malaria investments in Zanzibar. Demonstrating the effectiveness of interventions is critical for malaria elimination efforts, but […]

Will a vaccine crisis of confidence impact the global response to HIV?

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The following is a guest post by Mitchell Warren of AVAC This year’s annual HIV Vaccine Awareness Day arrives Saturday at a promising and also perilous time for vaccines. On one hand, multiple vaccine candidates that might protect against HIV are advancing in large clinical trials. Thanks to an extraordinary global commitment and US government […]

Social services support improved adherence to tuberculosis treatment

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The following is a guest post by Siân L. Curtis of MEASURE Evaluation People treated for tuberculosis in Ukraine are more likely to stay on their medication if they receive some social services, according to a study conducted by MEASURE Evaluation, funded by USAID. Ukraine is among 20 countries that have the world’s highest burden of drug-resistant […]

On the sidelines: Lisa Fitzpatrick on fighting AIDS in America

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Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick is medical director of the Infectious Diseases Care Center at United Medical Center in Washington,D.C., and now  has about 100 HIV-positive patients. From 2005 to 2007, she also was the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief of party for the Caribbean. She spoke at several events in and around the conference, […]

On the sidelines: USAID’s Rajiv Shah on GHI and AIDS

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Dr. Rajiv Shah, the administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is a central player in the US government’s AIDS fight. His agency, more than any other in the US government, guides aid programs in the developing world, working in 80 missions. But USAID also suffered a blow early this month when […]

On the sidelines: Bill Frist on bipartisanship

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Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a Tennessee Republican and a practicing physician, doesn’t return much to Washington. But he came for three days of the International AIDS Conference to talk about the importance of winning bipartisan support for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Frist, along with Senators John Kerry and Jesse Helms, […]