Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

WHO: Measles cases up worldwide from this time last year

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With more than 112,000 cases of measles reported by 170 countries so far this year, the world is seeing rising rates of a vaccine-preventable illness over last year, according to data released by the World Health Organization today. At this point last year, with just seven fewer countries providing data, a little more than 28,000 […]

DRC Ebola outbreak still not a PHEIC, committee says, while calling for “redoubled efforts”

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Expressing concern over recent increases in areas, and continued risk of cross border spread, and unprecedented challenges posed by ongoing violence in the affected area, committee chair notes the outbreak still has not entered other countries, “now, over many months” The WHO emergency committee convened to evaluate whether the ongoing spread of Ebola in the […]

Reaffirming support for widely expanded global gag rule, Sec. Pompeo denies policy has affected global health responses, and adds restrictions

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Claiming that the “vast majority of our implementing partners have agreed to comply” with the policy expanded by President Trump banning any U.S.-funded overseas organization from providing any information, services or referrals to terminate a pregnancy, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo this morning reiterated administration support for the restriction widely known as “the Global Gag […]

Weighing the options for evaluation data: Are routine health data enough?

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The following is a guest post by Emily Weaver, PhD, of MEASURE Evaluation Health projects and donors in low-resource countries increasingly aim to leverage existing data to evaluate strategies and programs. Under the right circumstances, this approach can produce faster results and capitalize on investments already made in data systems. Both are worthy goals. Existing […]

Planned Parenthood “Global Gag Rule” report is latest to diverge sharply from State Department assessment that policy does no harm

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Drawing on previously published findings and on-the-ground interviews, a report from Planned Parenthood details damage to global health gains, including in closed programs, weakened civil society, divided communities, and squandered local training, as well as direct impacts to public and individual health from the policy introduced by the Trump administration two years ago called “Protecting […]

Stalled funding, policies of 2018 pose continuing challenges to infectious disease responses ahead

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A year that started with a shutdown of the U.S. government is ending the same way, demonstrating ongoing instability in American policy, funding and global health leadership. At the same time, from events dividing the ranks of global HIV responders, to the first Ebola outbreak fought in a war zone, the year has highlighted needs […]

Medical tourism brings antibiotic-resistant infections home

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So many lessons are offered in a recent communication from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about antibiotic-resistant infections among patients returning to the U.S. after undergoing surgical procedures in Tijuana, Mexico. The CDC learned about the first of the carbapenem-resistant  infections at the end of September through its Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory Network. In […]

Vaccination before travel, support for global measles control needed to protect U.S. gains against the disease, study finds

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A look at how measles comes into the United States highlights needs for both more vigilant vaccination efforts, and support for global efforts to eliminate the disease, according to a report in an upcoming Journal of Infectious Diseases. While measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, over the years since then 553 […]

Measles report shows how setting reachable goals can guide progress, but not fast enough

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The report on outcomes of measles elimination efforts released last week by the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows, as its title suggests, progress. Between the first year of this century and 2017, according to the report, Progress towards regional measles elimination, access to the first dose of […]

Study finds diverse, but generally young and single men posing greatest HIV transmission risks to adolescent girls and young women

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Reaching young men with prevention, treatment improves odds for female partners The following is a guest post by Jen Chapman of MEASURE Evaluation AIDS is the leading cause of death for adolescent girls in eastern and southern Africa. Adolescent girls and young women are disproportionately affected by HIV compared to their male counterparts, accounting for 74 […]